Come together by the canal

As restrictions continue to ease, we’re delighted to report that our museums and attractions with safe outdoor spaces are now open again to the public. So you can meet friends or family for an outdoor get together while still safely observing government guidelines. Here’s our quick guide to where to go, with all the details you need.

A large black steel structure straddles the canal, for lifting boats from one level to another The Anderton Boat Lift, in all its Victorian majesty

Anderton Boat Lift 

Situated right next to country parks, Anderton is perfect for a great day outdoors. While the visitor centre, boat trips and the lift itself are not yet operational, the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ is still a wonderful setting for a picnic or walk by water.

Now open, weekends only, 10:00am to 4:00pm. We hope to extend opening times to Friday to Monday from mid-May, and to full seven-day opening by late June.

A woman with a pram walks by Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum with the canal on the right Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, one of Canal & River Trust's most popular visitor attractions

The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne

For those of us who enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake on a day out, the good news is that our newly refurbished café at Stoke Bruerne is now open for takeaway. Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat after a walk, cycle or spot of fishing along the towpath.

The takeaway service from our servery is open daily 10:00am to 4:00pm. We hope to fully open the museum, gift shop and boat trips from mid-May.

A canal boat using an aqueduct high above the valley floor An awesome feat of engineering, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Trevor Basin Visitor Centre 

The spectacular aqueduct, beautiful canalside walks and fascinating Trevor Basin visitor centre are now all fully open. Just over an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham, it’s well worth getting out of town to visit our wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now open, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We’re hopeful that by mid-May our National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, or National Waterways Museum Gloucester, will be opening on limited hours and days so you can enjoy these wonderful attractions too. Keep an eye on our website for the very latest details and updates.

Last date edited: 14 April 2021

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