South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW.
The museum occupies part of a 200-year-old historic dock, originally designed by Thomas Telford. It was a major transhipment point for cargoes travelling between the port of Liverpool and the inland waterway network. It was also the industrial heart of the Ellesmere Port community. This is one of the largest and most complete dock complexes in the UK, and is well placed to tell the story of the growth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The museum collection further enhances our ability to tell this story through boats, buildings, objects and our archive.
Pupils become characters from the past, dressing up, learning about dock life and visiting the homes they would have lived in. (2 hrs)
Pupils learn about the origins of canal art. They visit a traditional narrow boat, design and make a range of arts & crafts, and use these to decorate a life-sized narrowboat cabin. (1 hr 30 mins)
This focusses on Local History and Geography. Pupils use geographic observation, visit our archive, explore historic maps and aerial photographs AND create their own giant map, showing why Ellesmere Port is a window on the world. (1 hr 30 mins)
This includes a lock demonstration. Pupils learn how to calculate area and volume, safety around locks, how locks work and the purpose of a lock. (1 hr 15 mins)
Enjoy a guided walk around the museum, themed to a topic of your choice. (45 mins-1 hr)
Hop aboard our trip boat, Centaur, for a guided ride along the Shropshire Union Canal. (30-40 mins)
Watch our blacksmith at work and take a memento back to school. (20-30 mins)
See how locks work and learn about their purpose. (20-30 mins)
A self-led visit to the museum is good value and allows you to plan your own itinerary. It is still important that you book your visit and let us know about any equipment you would like to use, as well as any particular needs your group has.
Book up to 15 trails incorporating EYFS-linked activities. The trail focusses on people and jobs within the docks. (1 hr)
Explorers backpacks: Book up to 15 backpacks for your group and use the resources within to explore the wide variety of exhibits, objects and buildings across the site. A teacher's pack will be sent out to you prior to your visit, containing all the information you need to use these effectively with your group. (2 hrs)
Interactive NWMuseum app: Download this before you arrive, or on the day of your visit from Google Play or Apple store. The app helps pupils explore the historic slipway, meet characters who would have lived and worked in the docks and learn about the importance of Ellesmere Port to the rest of the world. We have four iPad minis (with the app pre-loaded) available to book if needed. (1 hr)
Indoor and outdoor picnic area, toilets (including disabled toilets), café, shop and coach parking.
All the main exhibitions, activities and buildings are wheelchair accessible (the boat trip is not fully wheelchair accessible).
Take our local history boat trip, a guided 30-minute cruise along the Shropshire Union Canal.
Admission: £4 per child
Admission (local rate)*: £1.50 per pupil; Volunteer-led activities £1 per pupil; Tours and Demonstrations £1 per pupil.
Self-led activities: free of charge.
Boat trips: £1 per person (pupils, teachers/assistants).
* If your school is within the CH64, CH65 or CH66 postcodes, you qualify as a local school and can access our discounted local rate.