Address: Anderton Boat Lift Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW View on Google map
Opening Times: The visitor centre and grounds are open Friday to Monday 10.00am to 3.00pm
Price: Our visitor centre is free, but there's a small cost for parking
Toilets: On site in our visitor centre
We are delighted to reopen the visitor centre and grounds every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am to 3pm but we will look a little different for a while.
We're following government guidelines and are making some changes to make sure that everyone who visits, works and volunteers in and around our museums and attractions can enjoy their day safely.
You can find out more in our frequently asked questions but if there is anything else you would like to know before your visit, please do get in touch.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.