Surely one for the boater's bucket list - the thrill of taking your boat up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift. Find out more about charges and the safety info you need.
It's truly a unique experience manoeuvring your own boat into the caissons and letting our marvellous machine lift you effortlessly as it transports you from one level to the other.
You can find current opening times for passage in our Notices section.
Passage times vary.
Please call our bookings office for information: 01606 786 777 or download our free boaters' leaflet:
Please note: the Lift is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning so you can't make your way through until 11:30 (down) or 12:15 (up). (This may change from time to time.)
|Advance booking fee:|
|£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)|
|£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)|
The charges and restrictions vary depending on your licence:
You will need permission from your hire boat company before you are allowed to use the Anderton Boat Lift. Please be aware that the boat will also need to be licensed. Check our terms and conditions for details.
To make sure your visit is as safe as possible, please remember to:
In the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by our lift operators.
Once down on the river, you need to call ahead to the lock keeper should you want to travel through one of the four manned locks. This will allow for the locks to be prepared before you arrive.
All information on lock opening times and lock keeper's telephone numbers can be found in the above boaters leaflet or via your email confirmation received upon booking lift passage.
Last date edited: 9 December 2018