Come together by the canal

As restrictions have eased, our museums and attractions with safe outdoor spaces are now open again to the public. There are some great places to meet friends or family for an outdoor get together. 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. It’s one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ and together with its visitor centre, coffee shop, brand new ‘Let’s Play’ play area and nearby Northwich Woodlands, makes a visit unmissable.

Open Friday to Monday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. We hope to extend opening times 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, our newly refurbished café at Stoke Bruerne is now open. Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat after a walk, cycle or spot of fishing along the towpath.

Open daily Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

A shot on a sunny day of National Waterways Museum,Ellesmere Port The wonderful, Grade II listed National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Come and enjoy the peacefulness of being outdoors by the canal, absorb the history from the Grade II listed buildings and learn about the lives and work of the canal people as you stroll around this seven-acre site. 

Open Thursday to Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Low level view of National Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks National Waterways Museum situated in Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country

National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country is home to old dock buildings, designer shops, cool cafés and fantastic museums making it a great place for a family day out.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Keep an eye on our places to visit for the very latest details and updates.

Last date edited: 2 June 2021

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