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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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A fantastic and interesting place

Visited recently on a visit to Chester on a very rainy day but it is a very interesting and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Great range of things to see on the history of the waterways

A fantastic range of exhibits and displays plus boats and machinery telling the history of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Graham C
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.
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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited recently on a visit to Chester on a very rainy day but it is a very interesting and historical site. A good cafe and a great trip up the canal. Guides are great. A lot to see and worth a visit.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic range of exhibits and displays plus boats and machinery telling the history of the inland waterways. A large site with loads to see. A "must-do" visit for canal enthusiasts! Waterways archive and library. On-site cafe (not sampled).

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In UK on another Narrowboat vacation we found ourselves with time to visit Ellesmere Port, and this museum is the main attraction on the canal, so we visited. A very interesting display of all things boating. The focus is on the inland waterways and the...More

Thank Art H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great stop over if in the area. Has a lot of restored buildings with lots of history on the canals & the people who used to live & work on them. Plenty of exhibits and working models of engines etc to see &'a working...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting insight into our past and the changing and developing transport infrastructure during the industrial revolution of Britain. Something for everyone of all ages at this museum, it is cleverly designed to be wnjoyed by everyone. There is a good cafetria with a decent...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have always been fascinated by canals and canal boats. Canals made the Industrial Revolution possible by enabling the transport of goods to distant markets economical. Their end came with the development and spread of the railways. I loved the many, many canal boats on display...More

Thank V581ZSdonb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place. We were time limited so the ticket that allows unlimited returns for a year is great if we near here again! Lots to see so give yourself time! As time goes by there will probably be more to see.

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Moored up overnight ready for an early start this morning exploring this museum. Well worth taking your time to take in the various exhibits. Very well restored, particularly the Porters Row houses done out in various time periods. Would recommend a visit just to see...More

Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We met up with a friend here on his recommendation and were very happy to spend time looking around the different parts of the site.There was plenty to see and do and we had a leisurely walk around the different displays.Parking next to the site...More

1  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We visited here during our recent trip. This was one of our "must see" places. We got there early as we were staying close by and the place was very quiet, before any bus trips had arrived. The whole site is full of interesting things...More

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21 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
Hello Yes dogs are welcome across the site. Thank you Michelle
16 June 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
So sorry for the late reply. At the moment you can purchase boat trip tickets on arrival but we're working on online bookings. Hope the reply is not too late or if it is I hope you had a good day out. Michelle
Mandy L
9 April 2017|
Response from NWMEP | Property representative |
There is a restaurant located just around the corner called The Galley. More information can be found by searching 'The Galley Ellesmere Port (sorry, I cannot add links in my response) We look forward to welcoming you in... More