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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About Us

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.

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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 & Cafe (30 Mar 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Museum & Shop (5 Nov 2021 - 29 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* 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:

  • Cathey O
    Wales, United Kingdom
    Fascinating place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st September 2021
    This is a gem of social, industrial and canal history. It has been lovingly restored from dereliction and is set out in a very accessible and well though out way. Much of the site has been restored... Read full review
  • deve46
    Blackpool, United Kingdom
    Good for a few hours visit depending on weather.
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd October 2021
    Spent 2 hours here and it is certainly a place to be discovered. Lots to see and do indoors and out centred around a great canal system. Demonstrations were given on the working and principle of... Read full review
  • AnneForshaw
    Irby, United Kingdom
    Plenty of photographic opportunities
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th October 2021
    A goup of 14 enthusiastic amateur photographers booked to spend a day roaming round the large site finding images to record. All the different photographic interests were catered for, wildlife... 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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