Anderton Boat Lift

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

Opening Times: Our coffee shop, grounds and visitor centre are open for you to visit everyday from 9.30am to 5pm. Boat trips are available and can be booked in advance, please call 01606 786777. We look forward to seeing you soon. Our boat trip sails 7 days a week-The exceptions are the following dates: April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, July 12, August 4, September 1, October 6

Price: Our visitor centre and grounds are free to enter, but there's a small cost for parking

Toilets: Inside the visitor centre

Anderton Explorers

Volunteer at our M&As

Please ignore the road closure and diversion signs currently displayed on your approach to the Anderton Boat Lift,  the road closure on Soot Hill is after the entrance the Boat Lift.

Anderton Boat Lift will be closed to the public on Thursday 9 June.

Looking for the perfect day out in Cheshire? Visit Anderton Boat Lift, a giant three-storey-high iron edifice on the banks of the River Weaver Navigation.

Winner of experience of the year 2019, The Anderton Boat Lift has earned 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, play area and nearby Northwich Woodlands, it makes for a great day out. 

Visitor Notice

From 5 January 2022, there is a road closure located at Soot Hill in the village of Anderton, due to a road breach. If travelling to us by car arrive via the M56, J10 and follow the brown tourist signs from the A559. Please continue to follow the road closure signs at Gibb Hill as the closure is directly after the Anderton Boat Lift.

This closure is likely to remain in place until December 2022 so please do allow additional time when planning your journey to us.

Things to do and see in Cheshire

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

  • The Edwin Clark
  • Our boat trips return on Friday 1 April  for our 2022 season! They will run seven days a week until October 31 2022 (please see the boat trip page for exceptions) For more infomation and to book, please call 01606 786 777.

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. 

Trails:

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

From 5 January 2022, there is a road closure located at Soot Hill in the village of Anderton, due to a road breach. If travelling to us by car arrive via the M56, J10 and follow the brown tourist signs from the A559. Please continue to follow the road closure signs at Gibb Hill as the closure is directly AFTER the Anderton Boat Lift.

This closure is likely to remain in place until Dec 2022 so please do allow additional time when planning your journey to us.

By car - the car park is managed by Cheshire West & Chester Council. Postcode CW9 6FW.

1 April to 30 September 9:00 - 20:00

1 November 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

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in our grounds, coffee shop and visitor centre with you.