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Anderton Boat Lift
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Anderton Boat Lift & Visitor Centre, Cheshire

Boat trips

As well as our usual Thursday closure, Our boat trips won't be running on the following days this month: 5th, 8th, 24th & 31st. Please check our boat trip calendar for our availability.

Visit Anderton Boat Lift, a giant three-storey-high iron edifice on the banks of the River Weaver Navigation. It is one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and together with its visitor centre, coffee shop, play area and nearby Northwich Woodlands, it makes for a great day out.

Things to see and do

Anderton Boat Lift, our Cathedral of the Canals, not only lifts boats and barges 50ft from the River Weaver Navigation to the Trent & Mersey Canal, but it does it with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system. Truly a great day out for all the family, with plenty to keep you there all day.

A walk on the wild side

Next to Anderton Boat Lift and visitor centre, you'll find a wildlife haven and beautiful wildflowers. Look out for bats, bug hotels, ducks, swans, moorhens, rare orchids and, if you're lucky, a white-tailed eagle. If cycling is more your thing, don't miss the Heritage Cycle Trail, which will take you from Anderton Boat Lift to Northwich and the Weaver Hall Museum.

Planning your visit

  • Opening times

    Opening times: 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Everyday except Thursday.

  • Prices

    Our visitor centre and grounds are free to enter. There is a small cost for parking. See our boat trips page for trip prices.

  • Facilities

    Toilets are inside the visitor centre, and in the grounds.

  • Address

    Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

  • Contact info

    Phone: 01606 786777 or email: [email protected]

  • Dogs

    Friendly dogs welcome to Anderton, and on boat trips (at boat master's discretion).

Anderton's history

The Anderton Boat Lift is one of only two working boat lifts in the UK and is affectionately known as the Cathedral of the Canals.

Designed by Edwin Clark in 1875 to transfer boats and barges between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal across a height of 50 feet. It was in operation for over 100 years until it closed in 1983 due to corrosion. However, it opened to the public again in 2002 after a huge renovation project began in 2001.

Impressive engineering

You will understand the impressive engineering that has gone into this well-designed infrastructure during your visit to us. The science behind it, however, is actually relatively straightforward. Two huge water tanks, each possessing watertight sealable doors, work as counterbalances to transport the boats up and down.

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