National Waterways Museum

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Planning your visit

Address: National Waterways Museum South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW View on Google map

Opening Times
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 November 2019 to 29 March 2020 10.00am - 4.00pm
Winter cafe opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am - 3.30pm serving hot food 11.00am - 2.30pm
Open everyday from 30 March 2020 to 1 November 2020 10.00am - 5.00pm

Price: Adult (16 & over) £9.75. Child (6-15) £6.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £25.00. Concession £8.50. Your ticket allows you to return as often as you like for one year.

Toilets: In our café and in the Island Warehouse

Explorers at National Waterways Museum

Sitting where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey, volunteers, funders and Trust colleagues have transformed the old docks into a fantastic family day out.

Together with our sister museum in Gloucester Docks, and with your support, our National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port looks after one of the greatest collections of boats and objects in the world. 

Using the latest interactive technology and hands-on exhibitions, you can truly experience what it was like to live and work on our waterways over the last 200 years. Plus, discover how canals and rivers are still making life better by water today.

Enjoy your day out with your dog. Well behaved four legged family members on a lead are most welcome in all areas. Dogs can join you for a drink in the café and treats are available too. We were delighted to be awarded Dog Friendly Business of the Year in the 2018 Marketing Cheshire Awards.

Have a look through our 2019 leaflet here for more information.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Details coming soon

Picnic spot:

As well as seven acres of green space and historic buildings there's a picnic area and outdoor playboat.

Wildlife spotting:

Look and listen out for the many birds that live here or travel through - pied wagtails, swans, coots, ducks, cormorants, moorhens - you may catch sight of a kingfisher or even hear a sky lark! Tempted to feed the ducks? Download our duck guide first!

Getting here

By boat - follow the Shropshire Union Canal all the way to Ellesmere Port. We have some visitor moorings available in the docks

By road - follow brown signs for 'The Boat Museum'. And you'll find loads of free parking for cars, coaches and bikes. The coach drop off point is outside main entrance. And we have designated disabled parking spaces

By rail - Ellesmere Port station is a 15 minute walk. The local cabs should only charge £3 to drive you to the museum

By bike - the towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the museum. (And one of our favourite ways to travel, just remember to Share the space!)

By bus - Ellesmere Port bus station is 20 minutes walk. For information on bus and train travel call Traveline on 0871 200 2233

Getting about

Everyone deserves to get the best possible experience at the museum on a day out. Please refer to our access statement for more information before your visit. 

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