Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre

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Planning your visit

Address: Anderton Boat Lift Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW View on Google map

Opening Times: The visitor centre closed from Friday 20 March, and still remains closed, for the protection of our visitors and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Price: Our visitor centre is free, but there's a small cost for parking

Toilets: On site in our visitor centre

Anderton Explorers

Volunteer at our M&As

To support the national effort to keep people safe, we’re following the Government’s advice on coronavirus. We closed Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre on Friday 20 March and it will remain closed until further notice. Please do check in on this page for any updates on planned opening dates. In the meantime, the lift will open to boating customers (only) on Monday 6 July. Online booking will open on Friday 26 June. Please read our latest coronavirus update for further information on our response to coronavirus.

Winner of experience of the year 2019 – The Anderton Boat Lift has earnt its nickname of Cathedral of the Canals for a very good reason. Not only does it still do the job it was designed to do of lifting boats and barges the 50 feet from the River Weaver Navigation to the Trent & Mersey Canal, but it does it with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system.

It also offers the intrepid among you a unique opportunity – to access the very top of the workings. Do you dare take our ‘Walking the Lift’?

The mighty Anderton Boat Lift is 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, make a visit unmissable. Download our 2020 leaflet here

Just so you know, we welcome assistance animals across the centre, but pets are only allowed on the viewing area at the top basin, accessed by the side gate.

Things to do and see in Cheshire

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

You'll find loads of benches around our garden - most with views of the lift. There's even a maze and our new Let's Play! area. 


Wildlife spotting:

The Anderton Nature Park is right next to our visitor centre along the path beside the River Weaver. Well worth a walk with our nature spotter's guide to see the swans, moorhens and rare orchids.

Getting here

By car - the car park is managed by Cheshire & West Chester Council.  

1 April to 30 September 9:00 - 20:00

1 October to 31 March 9:00 - 17:00

There's a charge and you can pay both by cash and card:

  • £2 for up to three hours
  • £3 all day
  • Free for coaches - please call 01606 786777 to book your coach in advance to make sure parking is available

By train - Northwich Station is the nearest at a 15 minute taxi ride away. Visit National Rail enquiries for train timetable details and prices

By bus - regular buses run to and from Northwich. Call Cheshire West & Chester Council Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 for timetable and fare details

By bike - download the heritage cycle trail leaflet and map

Sadly, pets are only permitted on the viewing area at the top basin, however assistance animals are welcome.

Local news and events

With Santa Cruises in December, picnics in the summer and festivals and exhibitions all year round - you'll find all sorts of events happening here at Anderton Boat Lift.