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 and its traditional cottage garden present a lovingly recreated picture of domestic life through the ages in Ellesmere Port's canal docks.

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.

Costumed characters

If you are lucky, you may run into some costumed characters who will be happy to tell you all about life in Porters Row.

Our museum volunteers help out from five days a year to five days a week. We always need more volunteers and as well as the Porters Row we need help with our gardens, guided tours and more.

Last date edited: 29 July 2015