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National Waterways Museum

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Planning your visit

Address: National Waterways Museum South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW 0151 355 5017 View on Google map

Opening times: 1 April to 5 November 2017: everyday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Winter 2017 – 2018: 7 November – 25 March, Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Summer 2018 26 March - 4 November Open daily 10am – 5pm

Price: Adult (16 & over) £9.75. Child (6-15) £6.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £25.00. Concession £8.50

Toilets: In our café and in the Island Warehouse

Explorers at National Waterways Museum

Get involved with our museums and attractions

The museum is being used as a film location on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 and we will be closed to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sitting at the point where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey is the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Together with our sister museum in Gloucester Docks, together we look after one of the greatest collection of historic boats in the world. 

Using interactive and virtual reality technology, you can truly experience what it was like to live and work on these great waterways.

Here's just a taster of what you'll discover on this fantastic family day out!


‘Boats of every description’ 

Voyage into the virtual past, present and future of the waterways.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Our own boat, 'Centaur' 

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 Uinion 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.

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