Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre

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Planning your visit

Address: Anderton Boat Lift Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW View on Google map

Opening Times
5 November to 29 March - Weekends only 9:30am - 4:00pm
21 December to 24 December extra Santa Days 9:30am - 4:00pm

Price: Our visitor centre is free, but there's a small cost for parking

Toilets: On site in our visitor centre

Anderton Explorers

Volunteer at our M&As

Winner of large Visitor attraction of the year 2018– The Anderton Boat Lift has earnt its nickname of Cathedral of the Canals for a very good reason. Not only does it still do the job it was designed to do of lifting boats and barges the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal, but it does it with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system.

It also offers the intrepid among you a unique opportunity – to access the very top of the workings. Do you dare take our ‘Top of the World Tour’?

The mighty Anderton Boat Lift is one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and together with its visitor centre, coffee shop, brand new Let's Play play area and nearby Northwich Community Woodlands, make a visit unmissable.

Just so you know, we welcome assistance animals, however pets are not allowed.

Things to do and see in Cheshire

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You'll find loads of benches around our garden - most with views of the lift. There's even a maze and our new Let's Play! area. 


Wildlife spotting:

The Northwich Community Woodlands are right next to our visitor centre along the path beside the River Weaver. Well worth a walk with our nature spotter's guide to see the swans, moorhens and rare orchids.

Getting here

By car - the car park is managed by Cheshire & West Chester Council. There's a charge from 10am to 8pm every day and you can pay both by cash and card:

  • £2 for up to three hours
  • £3 all day
  • Free for coaches - please call 01606 872868 to book your coach in advance to make sure parking is available

By train - Northwich Station is the nearest at a 15 minute taxi ride away. Call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 for train timetable details and prices

By bus - regular buses run to and from Northwich. Call Cheshire County Council Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 for timetable and fare details

By bike - download the heritage cycle trail leaflet and map

Sadly, pets are not allowed within the visitor centre and grounds, however assistance animals are welcome.

Local news and events

With Santa Cruises in December, picnics in the summer and festivals and exhibitions all year round - you'll find all sorts of events happening here at Anderton Boat Lift.