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Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Unique Attraction

The Anderton Lift is a unique attraction and well worth a visit .Take a trip down the lift and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Phil C
Chester, United Kingdom

Found this by chance as we were passing though the area and called in for a visit. Unfortunately... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carl w
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The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.
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Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Anderton Lift is a unique attraction and well worth a visit .Take a trip down the lift and cruise along the river Weaver to Northwich ,an attractive Cheshire town situated on the confluence of the Ruvers Dane and Weaver . The visitors centre and...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Found this by chance as we were passing though the area and called in for a visit. Unfortunately the boat trips were fully booked this afternoon which was disappointing but we were able to see the lift working and spend a while in the excellent...More

Thank Carl w
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a super half day trip for any age group. Children will enjoy the little exhibition of the history and the working of the boat lift, and the little film --mind you, adults enjoy all that too. It is very well done. The actual...More

Thank vollyjudith
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and i visited the area on a lovely day and had a nice walk along the canal.Unfortunately we didn't get to see the boat lift as they don't allow dogs. we weren't the only ones as i saw several other people standing outside...More

Thank Pamela D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Called at Anderton Boat Lift as part of a tour which included a visit to Knutsford, but this really was the highlight of the day! It was not the best of days to undertake this trip as it rained for most of the day, but...More

Thank Stephen51
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a boater, I have nothing good to say about the running of the Anderton Boat Lift. I called in to the visitor centre a couple of weeks before a planned trip onto the R Weaver and was told booking was not necessary, if we...More

Thank PollyShaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Holiday visit. Well sign posted easy to find. Very reasonable prices We took the lift and river trip The commentary on the boat very informative without being boring with amusing anecdotes. Ate in the café on return. Good food nicely presented and good value. Staff...More

Thank r55jus
Reviewed 1 week ago

A couple of weeks ago my husband asked out of the blue if I would like to take a boat trip, it was a nice sunny day so how could I refuse. We drove to the Anderton Boat Lift, which is less than half an...More

Thank Bernadette187069
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must for the family and especially for children. Amazing how the piece of engineering was designed and works. Not only can you learn all about the history of the boat lift. You can also ride it in a barge or river cruise boat giving...More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a lovey place to visit, the staff are all very friendly, and the trips on the boats are not just enjoyable but informative and the trip to the top of the boat lift is brilliant

Thank _fbentley50
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23 July 2017|
Response from Graham W | Property representative |
Hi, All of our attraction is accessible including our trip boat the Edwin Clark but if you have any more questions please do not hesitate in giving us a call.
23 July 2017|
Response from Rodney F | Reviewed this property |
Excellent facilities
29 August 2016|
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Response from CheshireScrib | Reviewed this property |
We went on Bank Holiday Monday....we had a wonderful time...as in Trip adviser report.......cheshireScrib