Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
22 November 2016
One of the aims of this Heritage Lottery Funded project was to highlight the importance of the museum, originally the largest inland dock system in the UK, transferring raw materials to the industrial heartlands of Birmingham and Manchester; and finished products around the world.
Posted by: National Waterways Museum
13 January 2016
As you probably know, the museum has now closed for our winter period. However, whilst the museum may be closed, we are most definitely still working away at Window on the World!
On a blustery and foggy winters day, I braved (almost) the whole length of the M62 to go and visit the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.
12 January 2016
On the 20th of November 2015, museums all over the country took part in the Kids in Museums’ ‘Take Over Day’. This involved a class of children coming into the museum and helping us to run it for a day! We entertained a local year 2 class from who helped us make sure the National Waterways Museum was running smoothly.
4 January 2016
On a quest for knowledge about our Leeds & Liverpool short boat George, Zofia and I (Hannah) paid a visit to Wigan Archive and Local Studies to see what we could find out. This meant negotiating the thick fog to figure out where to get off the bus in Leigh. Forty minutes and a few odd looks later I made it to the archives and met up with Zofia without any major mishaps.
14 December 2015
Hello, we’re Hannah, Zofia and Sam the new Window on the World project assistants. It may have been a while since you last heard about the project but we're going to keep you updated on its latest developments!
31 March 2014
All’s well with Window on the World! After the gleaming success of the lifting of Mossdale the project has gone from strength to strength. We’ve commissioned a conservator to conduct an assessment of the Mossdale now she’s out on dry land, and plans for George’s fun-packed voyage on the canal network are coming together swimmingly…
21 February 2014
It is with the greatest pleasure that I can finally blog about the successful lifting of the rare surviving historic Mersey flat Mossdale from her watery bed, after an estimated 30-year slumber…HOORAY!
The National Waterways Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 years. With sites at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester, the museum holds over 12,000 historic objects and 68 historic boats and is designated by the Arts Council England as of national importance. The National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port is also home to the Waterways Archive including over 100,000 papers, drawings photographs, plans and books relating to the waterways – a vital part of our national cultural heritage.