National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

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  • National Waterways Museum run a varied programme of events throughout the year

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Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather.

Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens.

There are family activities every school holiday and events from the Easter Boat Gathering to Santa Cruises. As well as the waterside café visitors will find lovely places for picnics throughout the site.

National Waterways Museum is taking part in the Visit Britain National Lottery Campaign. Claim your voucher code and book your tickets here.

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Guide Prices

Adult (16 & over) £9.75. Child (6-15) £6.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £25.00. Concession £8.50. Your ticket allows you to return as often as you like for one year.

Opening Times

Museum & Shop (1 Nov 2022 - 29 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Museum, Shop & Cafe (30 Mar 2023 - 1 Nov 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Winter cafe opening hours Tuesday to Sunday - 10.00am - 3.30pm serving hot food 11.00am - 2.30pm

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Dog Friendly Business of the Year - 2018 Marketing Cheshire Dog Friendly Business of the Year - 2018 2018

Directions

Road Directions

Leave M53, jct 9 and follow signs.

Public Transport Directions

By rail – Merseyrail half-hourly service from central Liverpool and stations on the Wirral. 10-minute walk from Ellesmere Port station

By bike - the towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the museum.

By bus – 20-minute walk from Ellesmere Port bus station.  Wide range of services including from Caernarfon, Chester, Liverpool, Neston, Runcorn and Wirral.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      49
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Ann D
      Yr Wyddgrug, clwyd, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Never got to see anything.
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th September 2022
      Extremely disappointed and cross. Travelled a distance to visit after checking the web site as to opening times. I arrived only to find that it is closed on Mondays - the official web site said it... Read full review
    • Kevin B
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Under 4
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 12th October 2022
      Going on the boats, but not enough to go on. A boat trip would be good. There were no trains on the model Dock. Excellent cafe and staff especially Natalie. Read full review
    • An_Old_Burian
      Norwich, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Well worth visiting
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 19th October 2022
      A very good museum - we had allowed a couple of hours but will need to return as there is plenty to see Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Conference facilities
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0151 355 5017

    Tel: 0151 355 5017

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