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

Boat trips

No trip to our marvellous museum would be complete without climbing aboard a narrowboat to explore at least a little part of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Narrowboat Centaur on water at National Waterways Museum Narrowboat Centaur at National Waterways Museum

Above is our boat Centaur. Where once horses pulled the buttys and barges on the Shropshire Union Canal, you can now explore aboard our 30 minute boat trip. Horses at Work at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere PortTime slows to a traditional 4mph as you travel through a fascinating industrial landscape criss-crossed with past and present transport systems. Your tour guide will tell tall tales and stories that bring to life the changing fortunes of the canal and its people.

And you don't have to visit the museum to take a boat trip. Pop along just for the boat trip if you like. Although you may want to stop by our newly refurbished café and shop too.

Prices   
Adults and concessions £3.00 
Children £2.00

Times and availability vary each day but during the summer trips run on most days at 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

We recommend you call us (0151 355 5017) on the morning of your visit to check availability and times that day.

Look out for...

The grooves on the old Victorian Bridge worn down by the ropes of horses as they pulled narrow boats to and from Ellesmere Port docks.

Rope marks on a bridge
The local wildlife and the sun glinting on the water.

Adult coot with two chicks

Last date edited: 28 April 2017