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

National Waterways Museum

We are currently closed and are busy refurbishing our cafe and gift shop ready to reopen on Saturday 1 April.

Model Boat Show

If you can't wait until April we will be opening on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March for the annual Model Boat Show. For more information please contact the musuem direct on 0151 355 5017.

The big 40th anniversary

This year the museum is proud to be celebrating its 40th annieversary. for four decades the docks have been open to the public and providing countless memorable days out.

Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life.

Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages.

There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats.

With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.


National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Opening times

Winter: Open weekends 10.00am - 4.00pm from 5th November until 24th December. Please see below for special events.

The museum will be closed for refurbishment from 25 December and will reopen 1 April 2017.

Summer: 10.00am - 5.00pm daily