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National Waterways Museum

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This is the Canal & River Trust’s National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Together with our sister site in Gloucester, we are home to the nation’s designated collection of canal, river and waterways history.

The museum is being used as a film location on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 and we will be closed to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Designated of national importance, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two national waterways museums. However, you can also find important, treasured items on loan at Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre, Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. Together it forms the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection includes over 12,000 objects and 68 historic boats, plus the national waterways archive.

‘Boats of Every Description’ - voyage into the virtual past, present and future of the waterways.

Using the latest augmented reality, our new interactive displays will help you experience how the canals have shaped, and continue to shape, your life.

Opening times

Summer: 10.00am - 5.00pm everyday until 5 November.

Winter: 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday to Sunday from 6 November to 25 March.

Christmas: 10.00am - 4.00pm Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 December FREE ENTRY.


National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
0151 355 5017