Groups and school visits

Whether it’s a class-load of curious kids or your local pub quizzers genning up on some canal trivia, we can help you make it a day to remember at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.

The museum occupies part of a 200-year-old historic dock, originally designed by Thomas Telford. It was a major transshipment point for cargoes travelling between the port of Liverpool and the inland waterway network. It was also the industrial heart of the Ellesmere Port community. This is one of the largest and most complete dock complexes in the UK, and is well placed to tell the story of the growth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The museum collection further enhances our ability to tell this story through boats, buildings, objects and our archive.

Great for groups of all ages and sizes, the National Waterways Museum:

  • is an inspiring site, rich with historic buildings and wildlife
  • new hands-on interactive and augmented reality areas
  • has amazing collections and fascinating displays
  • offers curriculum related support materials for teachers
  • café and wet-weather picnic area
  • complete risk assessments
  • free coach parking

Free pre-visit tour

As a teacher you can visit for free. Our Education Coordinator will be happy to meet with you to discuss your trip. Please contact the museum to arrange this.

Bookings and information

To discuss your visit and learning needs:

Entrance, per child £5.00
Reduced entrance (local rate) per child £2.50
Teachers/Accompanying Adults Free
Activity Sessions, per child £1.00
Learning tours, per child £1.00
Demonstrations, per child £1.00
Boat trip, per child £1.00
Explorers Backpack Trail Free
Coach tour groups discounts Call for details


Last date edited: 16 November 2020