We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Boaters' area

Experience the thrill of taking your boat on the Anderton Boat Lift and find out more about charges, boat hire, safety and private boats.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

Marvel at the sheer scale of the lift as it effortlessly transports you from one level to the other.

Passage times and bookings

The lift is available for private passage seven days a week from 18 March to 5 November 2017. Passage times vary depending on the peak and off-peak schedules. Download our leaflet for boaters travelling through the lift, which lists the full year's passage times or call our bookings office for more information: 01606 786 777

You can book your passage through the lift from our online booking page.

Please note: the lift is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning so passage is not available until 11:30(down)/12:15(up). Subject to change.

Charges

Administration charge:

£5 single
£10 return

Usage charge:

£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)
£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)

Private boats

Charges and restrictions will vary depending on your licence:

  • Canal & River Trust 'Canal & River' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence.
    Free of charge if turning up on spec, on site on the day and taking the next available slot. Administration charges apply
  • Canal & River Trust 'Rivers Only' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
    Need to upgrade their licence to a 'Canal & River' licence for the duration of their cruise on the canal but are entitled to a 50% discount using a short term licence. (Short term licence upgrade must be in place before passage). Free of charge if turning up on spec, on site on the day and taking the next available slot. Administration charges apply
  • Canal & River Trust 'Short Term Only' licence holders - 1 Day, 1 Week, 1 month or explorer licences. Usage charge applies 
  • Non Canal & River Trust licenced vessels (ie: Bridgewater Boats) Usage charge applies

Hire boats

You will need permission from your boat company before you are allowed to use the Anderton Boat Lift. Please be aware that:

  • the boat will also need to be licensed. Check our Terms and Conditions for details
  • hire vessels are not permitted on the Manchester Ship Canal

Passage safety rules

To make sure your visit is as safe and pleasurable as possible, please remember these simple safety rules:

  • your engine must be switched off once the vessel is secured inside the caisson
  • no unattended naked flames
  • no tanding or sitting on cabin roofs or gunnels
  • don't lean over the side of the vessel or caisson
  • obey all instructions from the lift operator
  • in the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by the lift operator
  • in the event of an emergency on your vessel please sound your horn to attract the lift operator’s attention

Last date edited: 20 February 2017