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National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England

  • Outside view of National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port
  • Staff in costumes at National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the museum makes a great family day out in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life.

There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's displays, to the locks and moorings vibrant with historic and visiting narrow boats.

With a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW, England


Click here to visit National Waterways Museum's website
01513 555 017

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours


Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Closed from 25th December to early spring in February.


Adults (16+): £9.75

Kids (6-15): £6.00

Under 6's: Free

Concessions: £8.50

Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £25.00

More Information

Eating information

The Waterside Cafe has lovely views across the canal basin site and offers a warm welcome. The menu includes a range of tasty sandwiches, cakes, snacks and light meals.

Gift shop

The museum shop has a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to buy, including books on boating and canal history, maps, guides and games. You'll also find painted canal-ware and original items made by the museum blacksmith.


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Ellesmere Port

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