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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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A great morning out

Moored up overnight ready for an early start this morning exploring this museum. Well worth taking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Deborah R
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Plenty to see for all ages

We met up with a friend here on his recommendation and were very happy to spend time looking around... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter M
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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
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+44 151 355 5017
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank sandjf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live locally so bought an annual ticket.which gets you in for a whole year much better value for money. Since our last visit there have been many improvements to the visitor experience.and I was very impressed. Boat ride was on which isn't always the...More

Thank Ygt123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been visiting here for years and it seemed to steadily decline and then it stopped the annual enrance so we didn't come for a while but thrilled to see they are back to the buy one ticket and re visit as often as you...More

1  Thank chocmak
Michelle K, Public Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Thank you for your feedback... I really enjoyed reading it especially hearing about your lemon tree. I am pleased to say the audio on Friendship is fixed and hope you will return and do the audio trail sometime. I have made a note about...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live locally and I run the canal from my house to the boat museum almost daily but have never been in I love this part of Ellesmere Port and it's my favourite part of my daily run seeing the end of the canal, the...More

1  Thank Richard F
Aisling H, Duty Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and I am glad you enjoyed your day at the museum. It is always wonderful to hear that people enjoy exploring what we have to offer at the museum, particularly if they also come away having learnt more about the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can anyone explain to me how you get to this museum walking from Ellesmere Port train station? The site says you can come along the canal towpath, but doesn't say how to get onto the towpath from the station. I went through a horrible subway...More

Thank Andrew L
Aisling H, Duty Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, to get to the museum from the train station you have to walk towards the roundabout and carry on past the subway entrance and you get to a crossing. If you cross the road to the opposite side of the roundabout and carry on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely peaceful place. So close to the motorway, but you would not know until you walk under it along the canal path. it is possible to walk to chester city from here. 8 miles along the towpath. The history is interesting and all the exhibits...More

1  Thank jaG1607EZ
Aisling H, Duty Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at the museum. It is a peaceful little slice of Ellesmere Port and I am pleased that you found the museum exhibits interesting. Your positive comments about the café...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum is clearly sign-posted from the motorway exit and is within one minutes drive. Loads of free parking (we were there mid-week). Friendly and welcoming staff at the cash desk who helpfully pointed out the 'family ticket' that saved us a few pounds. Tickets...More

2  Thank Steve M
Aisling H, Duty Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your day. Our staff will be delighted to hear how you have spoken of them. I am sorry to hear that your food service was a bit slow during your visit. We try to make...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

One of the best days out I've experienced for a long time. Stayed 4 hours but could have stayed all day. And will be back because the entrance ticket (very reasonably priced for the attraction) is valid for 12 months. Started with a guided tour...More

1  Thank bikingeagle
Aisling H, Duty Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed your day at the museum. It is also brilliant to hear that people enjoy exploring our collection, learning more about the history of Britain's canals and the people who worked...More

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TeamMoorhouse
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
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Mandy L
9 April 2017|
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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
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