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.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do and see
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Certificate of Excellence 2017
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National Waterways Museum
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
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0151 355 5017
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.
In our café and in the Island Warehouse
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 and virtual reality 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!
Only the Tide of Time
An exhibition of photographs by Clifford Morris 12 January to 15 July
No Sign of Canals on Mars
The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke 16 March to 10 June
The Annual Easter Boat Gathering
A mix of colourful boats, music and family activities 30 March to 2 April
Voyage into the virtual past, present and future of the waterways.
Places to eat:
Our own boat, 'Centaur'
As well as seven acres of green space and historic buildings there's a picnic area and outdoor playboat
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!
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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Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit