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Visitor information

The fully accessible Visitor Centre boasts a two story facility with coffee shop for that much needed 'rest bite'. Free entry.

Visitors on viewing platform at Anderton Boat Lift visitor centre Anderton Boat Lift visitor centre

On the upper floor, the welcome desk serves the gift shop and provides tickets for the Edwin Clark trip boat through the lift, exhibition area and toilet facilities including disabled and baby changing facilities both in the visitor centre and in the grounds.

The coffee shop is available, with its glass fronted window over looking the amazing boat lift itself. Light lunches available such as toasted paninis, jacket potatoes and soup. Or simply enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and slice of hand-made cake.

What's available?

The lower level houses the free exhibition, focusing upon the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule.

Time travel through the unique structure on board the elegant Edwin Clark trip boat, journeying between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal high above.

Feel free to browse the gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure.

Assistance dogs are welcomed on site, however dogs are not allowed in the Visitor Centre or grounds.

Last date edited: 21 September 2016