Boating through Anderton Boat Lift

The thrill of taking your boat up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift is surely something on every boater's bucket list.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

It's truly a unique experience manoeuvering your boat into the caissons and letting our marvellous machine lift you effortlessly from one level to the other.

Find out more about how to book, how much it costs and how to stay safe.

Passage times and bookings

You can find our current operating times for passage here.

You can book a passage by signing into your online account or calling 0303 0404 040.

We no longer take walk-in bookings at the Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre.

Passage during Summer 2022

Our summer opening hours for passage are 7 days a week 9:30-16:30 

The exceptions are the following dates: April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, July 12, August 4, September 1, October 6.

Passage must be prebooked by signing in to your online account or telephone 0303 0404 040 to book.

We do not take walk in bookings at the Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre. 


For more information, please read through our FAQ document and boaters information.

You can find our current operating times here


Booking fees and charges 

Booking fee:
Long tem Canal & River Trust licence holders
£5 single
£10 return
Usage charge for all other license types:
£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)
£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)

Next available slot on the day is free of charge subject to your licence type. This passage is subject to availability, otherwise, the above charges of passage do apply.

Private boats

The charges and restrictions vary depending on your licence:

  • Canal & River Trust, long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
  • Canal & River Trust 'Rivers Only' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
  • Canal & River Trust 'Short Term Only' licence holders - 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or explorer licences.
  • Usage charge applies for non Canal & River Trust licenced vessels (ie: Bridgewater Boats) 

Hire boats

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.

Passage safety rules

To make sure your visit is as safe as possible, please remember to:

  • Switch off your engine once your vessel is secured inside the caisson
  • Turn off naked flames
  • Stay off cabin roofs or gunwales
  • Not lean over the side of the vessel or caisson
  • Obey all instructions from the lift operator
  • Sound your horn to attract the lift operator’s attention if there is an emergency

In the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by our lift operators.

River Weaver lock passage

You can find all information on lock opening times in the Boaters Information.

Last date edited: 3 May 2022