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Museum moorings

Information for boaters

Arriving National Waterways Museum is at the Shropshire Union Canal terminus. When you arrive there are British Waterways' visitor moorings in the upper basin, near the Museum entrance. To stay overnight, please contact Museum reception which is open 10am to 5pm daily.

Moorings Visiting boats are usually directed to the lower basin, through two sets of Whitby Locks that are in the museum complex.

Charges £6 per person and subsequent days £4 per night

A boat arriving with 2 people and staying a week would therefore pay £36.

2x£6 (=£12) for day one and 6x£4 (£24) for 6 days moorings.

Normal Admission charges apply for the first day
£6.00 per adult
£5.00 concessions
£4.00 per child
Under 5’s Free

Dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a lead at all times and are not allowed in the Museum's galleries and cafe.

Facilities The Museum offers secure moorings with fresh water and refuse facilities. Boaters can use the shop, cafe and toilets.

The Museum does not have diesel facilities but we do now have a facility for Elsan pump out. Fuel and other pump out facilites nearby are available at Thompsons boat yard in Chester or stop at Chas Harden's Boat Yard in Beeston.

For further details 0151 355 5017.

Good things to do nearby

This has to be one of the most interesting locations to moor at in the UK. The stunning setting combines the historic Ellesmere Port canal docks with a vibrant museum and an iconic location beside the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey. And there's oodles to do in neighbouring Ellesmere Port, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and the Wirral - all easily accessible by bus or train

Enjoy a boat journey with a difference with the wonderful Mersey Ferries, now running cruises on the Manchester Ship Canal as well as Ferries across the Mersey!

Visit the brilliant website for more ideas for great days out and things to do in Cheshire and Merseyside.


Boaters visiting the National Waterways Museum.
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