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Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Amazing Historic Engineering

We had excellent afternoon . We love canals and boats so made our way here. A very good cafe was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dorothy D
Bolton, United Kingdom
Amazing piece of historic engineering

This visit is a must for anyone interested in canals and/or mechanical engineering, especially from... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Anthony H
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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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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Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had excellent afternoon . We love canals and boats so made our way here. A very good cafe was reported so we had lunch before going book our trip. The lunch was very good and everything very clean. My husband and I are very...More

Thank Dorothy D
Reviewed 4 days ago

This visit is a must for anyone interested in canals and/or mechanical engineering, especially from the Victorian era. It's a great example of how the industrial revolution brought about significant changes to the way transport developed and how the countryside was changed as a result....More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 5 days ago

There is something for everyone here. Children love the newly opened play area - we took our Grandson 2 days running he loved it so much. The visitor centre downstairs is full of things to do, for adults as well as children and is very...More

Thank xxxxx04
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was on our wish list so it was a family day out . Really nice trip down the canal very spacious covered top so all weather really .nice big shop with interesting souvenirs

Thank carolstrange
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended the fireworks display which was extremely well organised and great value for money at this historic venue. The boatlift is a great day out at anytime. nice walks from Norhwich through Carey Park and along the river. Were local and visit often, coffee shop...More

Thank Elaine W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a commercial operation that is not dog friendly. It complies with its legal obligation but that is as far as dogs are welcome. I was bitterly disappointed.

Thank MacdonutDC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We regularly visit here with friends and by ourselves and find the food in the cafe good and very reasonable and I have no problem fitting my husbands wheelchair by a table. The problem we have is unless there is a Gardener working in the...More

Thank vivpalmer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating 'get involved' look at our industrial heritage. Do the full trip on the boat and the lift. Very informative commentory and insight into the history of this part of Cheshire. Excellent information centre and cafe. Well worth a good half day, and you can...More

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went along for the fireworks display. AMAZING!!!! The best fireworks display we have ever seen. Brilliant set up....live music to start, food and drinks tents. A lovely atmosphere. The display was breathtaking! Will definitely be returning next year.

Thank kathryn m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed this place was closed when we walked from lion salt museum it was 4 pm and it’s half term to say we had 2 very disappointed children is an understatement!!! Staff weren’t interested either when my dad made a complaint! Your half term...More

Thank Felicity D
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Questions & Answers
23 July 2017|
Response from Graham W | Property representative |
Hi, All of our attraction is accessible including our trip boat the Edwin Clark but if you have any more questions please do not hesitate in giving us a call.
23 July 2017|
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Response from Louise S | Reviewed this property |
Just in case it is not too late to answer, the boat was also very accessible and had two wheelchair passengers the day we used it. They have the kind of ramps you use at rail stations to get on the boat and also an internal... More
29 August 2016|
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Response from CheshireScrib | Reviewed this property |
We went on Bank Holiday Monday....we had a wonderful time...as in Trip adviser report.......cheshireScrib