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Address: Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
Phone Number:
+44 1606 786777
Today
09:30 - 16:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 17:30
Description:

The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats...

The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.

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A really interesting place to drop into especially if you are out walking the area. The boat lift itself is a real historical site, the cafe overlooks the boat lift and the nearby... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Nantwich so decided to visit the boat lift on the Thursday during half term week. We were very disappointed to find that the visitor centre wasn't open, even though it was half term and there were quite a few people about. There wasn't even an information board to tell us anything about it. Very disappointing.

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Thank Liz L
welling
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please be aware that this place is not open as trip advisor says... it only opens Thur Fri Sat and Sunday. You will pay the parking fee before you find this out so please call them first and check if they are open. Nice setting and lovely canal walk but you can't see much of the lift without the visitor... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really interesting place to drop into especially if you are out walking the area. The boat lift itself is a real historical site, the cafe overlooks the boat lift and the nearby country park offers good walks for everyone including pets

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting piece of history/ and really good information centre, add Marbury country park for a lovely walk

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1 Thank PhilandLiz_12
Winsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well worth a visit, free to enter & café is well worth a stop off. the boat lift itself is a wonder of engineering.

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Thank Dave E
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with family before going for lunch The Visitors centre is great. A lovely cafe and shop Downstairs is a hands on exhibition with great things for kids Outside is a small kids play area. Viewing platform Strongly recommended

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Thank RolandRatty
Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This really is a must to visit, such a lot to see and experience. The Anderson Boat lift has been designed to lift two barges from one level to another using a minimum of power, this has been achieved by making each container with the barge inside weigh the same thus only a small effort is needed to either raise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

I'm a regular visitor. As I always stop off at the picnic area whilst on a bike ride along the tow path. It never gets old and I always enjoy watching the lift transporting the boats to the lower level. It's also a pleasant area to walk in. As there are numerous little paths that meander through the local countryside;... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

on a great sunny day when it was warm it was great, and the lift was expensive for what it was. the man doing the talking was pretty annoying as a ex policeman chap, but could drown him out. maybe train him on microphone craft.. food and service in the cafe area wasnt great either... but my father in law... More 

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Thank Ravingeddie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit i found it very interesting last time i came was when i was a child myself reading and a guide brought the whole trip together riding a boat really good day enjoyed by all attending

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