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National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Welcome to our National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, home to the nation's designated collection of waterways history.

Come and savour the peacefulness of being outdoors by the canal, absorb the history emanating from the Grade II listed buildings, and learn about the lives and work of the canal people as you stroll around this seven-acre site.

Please note: We are very sorry to inform visitors that – due to unforeseen circumstances – the Island Warehouse will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. For more information, please see our latest statement.

Things to see and do

The museum is a great place to meet friends and family for an exciting day out. Don't miss our audio trail, outdoor play area, and wildlife to spot. With your annual pass, you can come back as many times as you like within a year.

Planning your visit

  • Opening times

    10am to 4pm Wednesday - Sunday

    Open 7 days a week throughout the Easter Holidays.

    Exceptions: 28 May - we will be opening at 11am.

  • Annual pass

    Our annual pass, which allows you to return as many times as you like during a 12-month period, is our best value way to enjoy the museum.

    You can also use your pass to enjoy free entry into our themed Sunday events that take place throughout the year*. Please keep your annual pass safe, as you will need to show it at the desk each time you visit. We are unfortunately unable to admit visitors without a valid ticket.

    *excluding Christmas, boat trips, and ticketed events for external partners

  • Car parking

    Free at the museum

  • Toilets

    Located in our café, in the Island Warehouse, the main exhibition area. Disabled access and baby changing facilities also available

  • Dogs

    Friendly dogs are welcome, and we ask that they be kept on a lead at all times

  • Address

    National Waterways Museum South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

  • Contact details

    Phone: 0151 355 5017 or email [email protected]

Day ticket prices

Adult (16+)£12.95
Concession (65+)£11.50
Child (6-15)£9.50
Child (under 6)Free
Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children)£31.50

Annual pass prices

Adult annual pass£23.50
Concession annual pass (65+)£22.50
Family annual pass£56.50
Child annual pass (6-15)£17.50
Under 6Free
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Travelers Choice 2023
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