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

National Waterways Museum

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

The big re-opening

The National Waterways Museum has been closed over the winter while we’ve been carrying out repairs and improvements. We’re re-opening on Saturday 13 February and to celebrate we’re putting on live music, theatre performances, costumed characters and more.

40 years of Cheshire's best museum

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

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: The museum, shop and café will reopen on Saturday 13 February 2016 and will be open 10.00am - 4.00pm

Spring & Summer: We will open 10.00am - 5.00pm from Easter weekend onwards