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Address: Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
Phone Number:
+44 1606 786777
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09:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 17:30
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The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats...

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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EIFFEL TOWER of the WATERWAYS....

.....or, better known as Anderton Boat Lift.....is an A-MAZ-ING feat of hydraulic engineering started by Mr Edwin Clark in 1875! It's main purpose then was to move salt speedily... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

.....or, better known as Anderton Boat Lift.....is an A-MAZ-ING feat of hydraulic engineering started by Mr Edwin Clark in 1875! It's main purpose then was to move salt speedily from the nearby mines....today it lifts canal boats from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal (and back!!)....and it is spectacular to watch! The reception area is well thought... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Followed road signs to the lift, it is below carpark pay and display area and hidden by trees. Go down to canal and its on the left hidden by new building. Go onto foot bridge and view from their. The barges on canal were attractive, and made up for a disappointed visit. Overlooks scrap metal site.

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Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a wonderful tourist attraction, excellent and interesting, plus great value, as well as great facility for boats between river and canal. Excellent piece of engineering. Many thanks, well done to all and special mention to Andrew for the commentary, thanks

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Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only called in for lunch and it was very busy but managed to get a table for four , I had soup and a roll which was lovely and tasty but only just warm , but service was good with friendly staff

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Seaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit and what a great day out for adults and kids. We took a boat ride on the River Weaver to Northwich and returned by the boat lift to a level 50 feet above to the Trent and Mersey canal. A fascinating piece of Victorian engineering. The display area explained the operation of the lift and... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The site has been thoughtfully developed over the years and it is well laid out with lots of parking. You can get up close to this remarkable feat of engineering and there are pleasant walks along the canal if you fancy it. A really nice way to relax for a few hours.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are after something a little different this attraction is a nice one. Better if you get good weather as you can have a good walk.Unfortunately we fell unlucky and it poured down shame as they had an Easter egg hunt and most of the clues were outside but it was far too wet to get any pleasure from... More 

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid a visit here on a cool dry day. Car park is by the upper portion of the lift and even disabled bays are 3-400yards from the entrance. We booked a lift trip and cruise which took about an hour and a half, starting from the top and ending at the bottom, again a fair walk back up to... More 

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Buckley
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place to visit Nice walks along the canal side Play area and picnic benches Cafe with views of the boatlift

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good day out, a lovely walk and somewhere to eat and drink. Need a dry day but plenty to see and do and the boat lift is fascinating

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