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

Planning your visit

Find out how to find us, when we're open and what to do when you get here.

Opening times

Winter: We are currently open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm throughout November and December. We will be closed during January, February and March whilst we refurbish our cafe and gift shop. 

Spring & Summer: The museum is open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm from 1 April 2017 until Sunday 5 November 2017. 


Admission prices

 Ticket Type Standard Donation  
 Adult (16 & over) £6.30 £7.00  
 Child (6-15) £4.50 £5.00  
 Child (5 and under) Free Free  
Concession (60+, students) £5.40 £6.00  
Family of 3 (1 ad + 2 ch) £12.70 £14.00  
Family of 4 (2 ad + 2 ch or 1 ad + 3 ch) £19.00 £21.00  
Additional child with a family ticket £4.50 £5.00  
Assistants or carers Free Free  

How to find us

National Waterways Museum
Ellesmere Port
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Tel: 0151 355 5017 or 0151 373 4373

By road: From junction 9 on the M53 follow brown signs for 'The Boat Museum'.

By rail: 10 minutes walk from Ellesmere Port station. Merseyrail half-hourly service from central Liverpool and stations on the Wirral. King Kabs of Ellesmere Port - 0151 355 6331 - would charge around £3 to be driven to the museum from the railway station.

By bike: The towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the museum.

By bus: 20 minutes walk from Ellesmere Port bus station. Wide range of services including from Caernarfon, Chester, Liverpool, Neston, Runcorn and Wirral.

Find information on bus and train travel or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.


Ample free parking for cars, coaches and bikes. Coach drop off point outside main entrance. Designated disabled parking spaces.

Last date edited: 25 November 2016