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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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An interesting place

Living local to here, I have very rarely visited. My recent I took my 6yo dd. She loved it. Seeing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
via mobile
Very interesting if you like waterways, engineering and old boats

My wife and I decided to visit this museum whilst staying in the area on a weekend break and we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Berkshire UK
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Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.
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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Living local to here, I have very rarely visited. My recent I took my 6yo dd. She loved it. Seeing all the boats and the locks. It's quite an interesting place if you take the time to read and listen to the the exhibits.

1  Thank deboy1584
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to visit this museum whilst staying in the area on a weekend break and we found it very interesting. There are a number of canal boats that you can get on and look around and lots of history about the...More

Thank Alwaysonholiday53
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had always seen the sign to here but hadn't come until this week! Was a lot better than I had expected- modern and set out really well. They have a cafe with polite staff and a good range of snacks. Wondering around and seeing all...More

1  Thank Lottelli
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We hadn't visited this museum for many years. It had become so run down and tired looking, but then we heard C&RT had taken it over, done a complete re-vamp, and so we decided it was worth a visit. Worth it? I'll say. An excellent...More

2  Thank middlec
Michelle K, Public Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your excellent review. Great to hear you had a wonderful experience.

Reviewed 14 May 2017

Nice museum but no longer accepting concessions. It was extremely quiet the day we visited (bank holiday weekend) The outdoor exhibits were very good- we especially enjoyed the porters cottages and the long boats you could climb aboard. The main museum has some interesting historical...More

Thank vampireweekend
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We spent a really lovely few hours at this gem of a place. the people are so welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. the exhibits well displayed and accesible. Such a lovely setting. Lots of canal boats on show and lock flight. We liked it that we...More

2  Thank Shirley L
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We had read about this museum but didn't really know what to expect. It didn't disappoint. There were some very interesting exhibits. Plenty of historical information in the main hall showing how they built the barges, including a cut out version. Various boat exhibits on...More

Thank Linnet50
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Ok, So it was a beautiful, sunny mid-week day in May when we visited but this is a great museum in any weather. The Boat museum is very interesting, especially to people who enjoy finding out about social and industrial history. We are a mature...More

2  Thank derek h
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Great afternoon out for all the family , historical view of working boats on the uk canals & inland waterways............well worth the money !.

1  Thank philip_tf
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It has been many years since I visited this museum but we were not disappointed. Plenty to see both on the water and in the inside exhibitions areas. We picked this for today as the weather forecast was poor so we thought this gave us...More

Thank hawkstone2016
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Are you able to pre-book boat trip tickets?
16 June 2017|
Response from 472lindam472 | Reviewed this property |
I think you buy them on the boat
Mandy L
Planning a visit on our narrow boat in june and anticipate an overnight stay. Are there reasonably priced restaurants in the vicinity as an alternative to the onsite cafe?
9 April 2017|
Response from NWMEP | Property representative |
There is a restaurant located just around the corner called The Galley. More information can be found by searching 'The Galley Ellesmere Port (sorry, I cannot add links in my response) We look forward to welcoming you in... More
Is this attraction suitable for a disabled visitor in a wheelchair please?
10 August 2015|
Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
Yes 80% of the site is wheelchair friendly although a little uneven in parts so take care