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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
Saturday and Sunday only 9.30am to 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

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Officially the best told story in England 2016 - The Anderton Boat Lift has earnt its nick-name 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. But 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, café, brand new Let's Play play area and nearby Northwich Community Woodlands make a visit unmissable!

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

You'll find loads of benches around our garden - most with views of the lift. There's even a maze and our new 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 10.00am to 8.00pm every day:

  • £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

Local 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!