Sitting on the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal and Manchester Ship Canal, the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port offers a terrific day out for families. The museum has the largest collection of canal boats in the world, and many exciting interactive exhibits and events throughout the year.
Address: National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
Visit time: half day plus
Price: Check our main museums & attractions webpages for latest details
Accessibility: All of our featured museums and attractions have accessibility information
Parking: Free parking on site
Toilets: In our café and in the Island Warehouse
Unlock the wonders of the waterways at the National Waterways Museum. With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Visitors can take a boat trip through the industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore the traditional narrowboats and homes through the ages.
The mueum overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal and out over the Mersey esturary.
Good place to see boats year round
On site café
It’s a great picnic spot – seven acres of green space and historic buildings. Lots of places to settle down with your picnic and watch the waterways world float by. We’ve also got a picnic area and outdoor playboat.
You may see:
Look and listen out for the many birds that live here or travel through - pied wagtails, swans, coots, ducks, cormorants, moorhens - you may catch sight of a kingfisher or even hear a sky lark!