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

Porters Row cottages

Set just aside from the rest of the museum, Porters Row is a passionately recreated picture of domestic life through the ages here in Ellesmere Port's canal docks.

Photo of Porters Row Cottages, Ellesmere Port Porters Row Cottages, Ellesmere Port

Originally built in 1833 the four cottages of Porters Row were, over the years, home to shipwrights, blacksmiths, railway workers and, of course, porters and their families.

Today the cottages recreate homes from the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s - each with the decor and features of its time, from oil lamps to electric light and from coal-fired coppers to early hand-operated washing machines.

And we love hearing your memories of these wonderful evocative items in your homes too.

Costumed characters

We also love dressing up. If you're lucky, you'll run into some costumed characters who will be happy to tell you all about life in Porters Row.

In costume at the National Waterways Museum

Our magnificent museum volunteers help out from five days a year to five days a week all over the museum. We couldn't bring the Porters Row and the rest of or terrific tales to life without them.

Last date edited: 19 April 2017