Groups and school visits to Anderton

Whatever the coach trip, whether you're a quiz team genning up on the latest trivia or a school class out to explore history, you can tailor your visit to the towering Anderton Boat Lift down to a T.

Large or small, short or tall – groups come in all sizes and at Anderton, our travel trade manager and the dedicated group bookings team are on hand to help you handle all the details. We are supporting the national effort to keep people safe and following the Government's advice. Please telephone to discuss your chosen date and activity.


Your group visit might include:

  • A dedicated meet and greet service
  • A visitor centre tour (self-guided)
  • A glass-covered Lift & River boat trip where our live lift commentaries will take you into the heart of the lift and illuminate it’s incredible engineering before taking you on a historical journey along the River Weaver Navigation
  • A landscaped gardens and canal-side stroll
  • Browsing the gift shop and take home a memento of your waterway experience

Special discounted entrance rates for groups of 12+

  • Extra trip times available for 12+ passengers
  • Catering packages available at discounted rates (must be booked at least 1 week before)
  • Free coach parking, driver admission and refreshment voucher

10 percent off andertonPlus:
Book either the first or last trip of the day and get an extra 10% off!



Free site tour

Our team will help you plan your visit with lots of advice on what to do while you’re here. The organiser can even come along for a free site tour beforehand to see the available facilities.

Our dedicated bookings team are happy to help.
Call: 01606 786777

School trips

Children can discover Edwin Clark - the Victorian engineer who designed and built the Anderton Boat Lift, hear the tales from the towpath and explore our industrial heritage in a whole new way.

A trip to Anderton Boat Lift provides a unique, cross-curricular learning experience focusing on river studies, history and STEM. Each trip includes a boat trip and choice of free workshop plus a guided tour or self-led trail.

Travel trade and parties

You’ll find we’re right in the middle of loads of attractions from the North Wales and Peak District visitor areas. So, it's easy to include the Anderton Boat Lift into a full-day’s adventure.

Just minutes from the M56 and M6, the boat lift is an excellent place to stretch your legs, grab a tasty lunch with our new coffee shop menu and even get a bit of cheeky shopping in with a stop off in our gift shop.

Did we mention the spectacular view? Combine with exploring our exhibition, climb aboard our boat trip to experience that lifting feeling for yourselves. And we’d thoroughly recommend our ‘Top of the world Tour’ for that added twist to your time here.

For more information contact our Bookings team: 
Call: 01606 786 777  Email:

Last date edited: 31 July 2020