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National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW, United Kingdom

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Work hours
MO closed SA 10:00 – 16:00
TU 10:00 – 16:00 SU 10:00 – 16:00
WE 10:00 – 16:00
TH 10:00 – 16:00
FR 10:00 – 16:00
About National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port looks after one of the greatest collections of historic boats in the world. Book online now -Your ticket now allows you to return as many times as you like during the year. The museum is open everyday, 10am-5pm!
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Description With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the museum makes a great family day out in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life.

There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Logodisplays, to the locks and moorings vibrant with historic and visiting narrow boats.

Designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop, 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 round its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages.

Canals are havens for wildlife. Look and listen out for the many birds that live here or travel through - pied wagtails, swans, coots, ducks, cormorants, moor hens - you may even catch sight of a kingfisher or even hear a sky lark!

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  • South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW, United Kingdom
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