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: We are so pleased to open our doors again but we will look a little different for a while and not all areas will be available. Open every day except Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 4pm.

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

Explorers at National Waterways Museum

We are delighted to be reopening the museum (every Saturday to Wednesday) but we will look a little different for a while.

We're following government guidelines and are making some changes to make sure that everyone who visits, works and volunteers in and around our museums and attractions can enjoy their day safely.

You can find out more in our frequently asked questions, but if there is anything else you would like to know before your visit, please do get in touch.

Half Term Halloween

This October Half-Term (Monday to Wednesday and Saturday) we will be celebrating Halloween at the museum with a pumpkin and potion trail and treat of spooky sights and sounds.

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.

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.  

Have a look at our 2020 leaflet in advance of your visit here but please be aware that not all areas will be available for a while.

 

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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