Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Welcome to the Canal & River Trust’s National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Together with our sister site in Gloucester, we are home to the nation’s designated collection of canal, river and waterways history.
Designated of national importance, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two national waterways museums. However, you can also find important, treasured items on loan at Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre, Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. Together it forms the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection includes over 12,000 objects and 68 historic boats, plus the national waterways archive.
Although the locals still fondly remember us as 'The Boat Museum', you'll discover more than just boats here. We’re passionate about protecting, preserving and promoting the UK’s waterway heritage and identity. Through grants and your donations, we’re helping to redefine the concept of a museum for the 21st century, Step aboard and find out more...
The ticket price is your annual pass. It now allows you to return as many times as you like during a 12 month period.
This includes all events and temporary exhibitions, excluding evening ticketed performances and our Santa Cruises.
We just couldn’t look after and bring this amazing place alive without our 200 dedicated volunteers. They help out on our reception desk and shop, aboard our boats, maintaining our internal displays and as part of our Explorers education programme for schools and families.
Whatever your interests and experience we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch by calling: 0151 355 5017 or 0151 373 4373.
Or take a look at our current opportunities on our volunteering pages:
Did you know it takes a huge team of dedicated volunteers to maintain our waterways heritage? Find out how you can get involved at the National Waterways Museum
Last date edited: 23 October 2017