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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 View on Google map

Opening Times
Open daily until 4 November 10.00am - 5.00pm
Open Tuesday to Sunday 6 November to 31 March (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) 10.00am - 4.00pm

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

Volunteer at our M&As

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 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 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

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