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Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like a giant three-storey-high iron spider.

It 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 seal-able 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.

Download our Museums and Attractions leaflet, 'Where history comes alive'

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Are you a boater?

Why not take your boat through the Anderton Boat Lift and experience the sheer scale of the lift whilst it effortlessly transports you from one level to the other.

Find out more about taking your boat on the country's most famous boat lift.

Further information for boaters

Visitors enjoying Anderton Boat Lift Visitors enjoying Anderton Boat Lift


Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane

Opening times

August 2015: Every day - 10 - 5:30

September 2015: Mon - Fri - 10 - 4 Sat/Sun - 10 - 5.30

October 2015: Mon - Fri - 10 - 4 Sat/Sun - 10 - 5.30

November 2015: Sun 1st - 10 - 5.30 Thurs - Sun - 11 - 4 Mon - Weds - Closed