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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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Too expensive

When I think that you can go round the Natural History Museum for free, then being charged £9.50... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Excellent museum visit

My husband and I had a brilliant visit to this first class canal museum. We arrived about 11:00... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mirfield, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I think that you can go round the Natural History Museum for free, then being charged £9.50 for this museum is extortionate. The layout is poor insofar as you get guided through some outbuildings with not much to hold the interest before you get...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a brilliant visit to this first class canal museum. We arrived about 11:00 and still had not seen all we wanted to by 14:45, when we had to leave. The extensive outdoor museum area comprises of former workshops which have...More

Thank malcolm_karen51
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This museum is spread over several buildings as well as having canal boats to go on. We were surprised at the tiny space for a family to live compared to the size of the boat. The museum is very good with different buildings showing how...More

Thank donnison44
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We visited here after lunch and after a visit elsewhere . A large place, lovely setting , very informative, lots of different parts to it showing the history . A trip on a canal boat too also showing and telling the local history . Lovely...More

Thank EJC77
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

My husband has visited before but it is the first time we have been together. We booked a 30 minute trip on the boat this proved to be very interesting. There are some great exhibits and the venue is well laid put. Don't miss the...More

Thank Lynda G
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Visited recently on a visit to Chester on a very rainy day but it is a very interesting and historical site. A good cafe and a great trip up the canal. Guides are great. A lot to see and worth a visit.

Thank David H
Reviewed 4 October 2017

A fantastic range of exhibits and displays plus boats and machinery telling the history of the inland waterways. A large site with loads to see. A "must-do" visit for canal enthusiasts! Waterways archive and library. On-site cafe (not sampled).

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 2 October 2017

In UK on another Narrowboat vacation we found ourselves with time to visit Ellesmere Port, and this museum is the main attraction on the canal, so we visited. A very interesting display of all things boating. The focus is on the inland waterways and the...More

Thank Art H
Reviewed 26 September 2017

A great stop over if in the area. Has a lot of restored buildings with lots of history on the canals & the people who used to live & work on them. Plenty of exhibits and working models of engines etc to see &'a working...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Very interesting insight into our past and the changing and developing transport infrastructure during the industrial revolution of Britain. Something for everyone of all ages at this museum, it is cleverly designed to be wnjoyed by everyone. There is a good cafetria with a decent...More

Thank Graham S
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21 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
Hello Yes dogs are welcome across the site. Thank you Michelle
16 June 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
So sorry for the late reply. At the moment you can purchase boat trip tickets on arrival but we're working on online bookings. Hope the reply is not too late or if it is I hope you had a good day out. Michelle
Mandy L
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