Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW.

Anderton Boat Lift and Nature Park, near Northwich, is a fantastic day out. It provides schools with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to travel on a Victorian boat lift – the only working boat lift in England. It also provides an excellent location to study the local area, wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways.

What is the Anderton Boat Lift?

The astonishing Anderton Boat Lift is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. One of only two working boat lifts in the UK, it moved boats between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver about 14 metres (50 ft) below. It was built in 1875, to shorten journeys by cutting out the old route via the Bridgewater Canal. Boats were lifted up, two at a time, in giant tanks of water. Genius!


KS1 KS2 Art: Is the Anderton Boat Lift a Work of Art?

This workshop examines the boat lift as a work of art, through colour, line and texture. Children look at the work of other artists who have been inspired by it, to help them produce their own interpretation in different media to take home.

KS2 Local History

Investigate how and why the canal and lift was built, and discover the national importance of Northwich. Pupils will be set the challenge of proving or disproving the statement ‘Northwich was the centre of the industrial world’ by the end of the day.

KS1 KS2 Self Guided Trails: The Lift Inspector’s Trail

This trail puts children in role as the lift inspector and asks them to complete their duties. It takes them round the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift and nearby Northwich Community Woodlands.

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:

Anderton Boat Lift Fact File

Anderton Boat Lift Inspector's Trail

All About Canals

All About Rivers

Find out more about Anderton Boat Lift.

Boat Trips

April to November inclusive. 

Boat Lift Trip

The lift trip enables children to experience the Anderton Boat Lift in action. The glass-roofed boat provides the opportunity to see the workings of the lift safely, while enjoying a guided commentary on the history, working and construction of the lift. The trip lasts approximately 30 minutes. 

River Trip

Travel along the River Weaver on a round trip to Northwich Swing Bridge while enjoying a guided commentary. This 45-minute trip focuses on local history and wildlife.

Combined Boat Lift and River Trip

Combine both trips to experience the boat lift and a river cruise. 


Outdoor picnic area, toilets + disabled, café, shop, coach parking. Indoor picnic area/bag storage is also sometimes available but please enquire when making a booking. 


Lift trip: £5.50 per child

River trip: £3.50 per child

Combined lift and river trip: £8.50 per child

Adults within 1:8 child/adult ratio: free