Canal Town

We're 45 years old this year and we would like to invite you to step back in time with us to when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.

Canal Town at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Every Sunday throughout the Summer until the end of September.

Experience what it was like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds of the late 19th century when Ellesmere Port was a canal town. Stroll across the seven-acre site through a landscape of Victorian buildings of docks, locks, stables, cottages and meet some interesting characters along the way.

Power Hall

See the glory of steam in action as our volunteers fire up some of these magnificent engines once used to move or drive things water or join one of the special guided tours of the Power Hall. Spaces are currently limited. Please ask at the information point for more information. 

Porters Row

photo of Porters Row Cottages, Ellesmere Port

Step back in time to the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s and check out the decor of its time. Meet some interesting characters and get to play with the old fashioned street games.

Family Friendly Guided Tour 

National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, with the canal in the foreground

Short introduction tours are available throughout the day. Please ask at the informatio point for more information or try out our new audio trail...  

The New QR Audio Trail 

Man wearing headphones sitting on a bench

As you explore the museum you can scan the QR codes at various locations to find out more. The QR codes can be read on your phone using one of the many free QR reader apps available. iPhones will read the codes automatically from the camera app. The locations can be accessed in any order or you can follow the directions between points if you want to use them as a guided tour of the museum.

Family Friendly Lock demonstrations

Join us on at one of our lock demonstrations to see a boat travel through the lock and find out how it works from our wonderful volunteers. Find out more at the information point.

45 years on

Five men pose for a photo outside the North Western Museum of Inland Navigation

This year is extra special as we celebrate 45 years of the museum. You can find out more about where it all began in the 'Making of the Museum' Exhibition in the Hub at the museum. Have you any treasured memories of the museum? Share them with us #NWM45 as we would love to hear them.

Last date edited: 7 September 2021