National Waterways Museum

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

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  • National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
  • Family fun at National Waterways Museum
  • Stunning canal boats at National Waterways Museum
  • 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 (5 Nov 2021 - 29 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Museum, Shop & Cafe (30 Mar 2022 - 1 Nov 2022)
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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Recent Reviews:

  • stucalinz56
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    A morning visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 25th October 2021
    my uncle and I visited here as he used to work on the boats around Gloucester down to Wales this is a very bid site with lots to see .I think its better to go here in the summer as when we went some... Read full review
  • Ian H
    King's Lynn, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Aaaahthe old times!
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 6th November 2021
    Having seen this place on tv we thought that as we were in Liverpool anyway it would be worth the thirty minute drive to check it out. Set over quite a large area there is a lot to see all of which... Read full review
  • GlobeTrotting828973
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great morning visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 1st January 2022
    On our way back home after an overnight stay on the Wirral we stopped at the Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. It’s very handily located off the M53. First we walked along the side of the canal... 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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