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Planning your visit to National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Opening times

1 November - 2 April

Open weekends, 10am – 4pm and daily in February Half Term - Feb 21-25

Open daily From 4 April to 28 October

10am to 5pm

Shop and Waterside Cafe
Open daily, 10am - 4pm

Museum, shop and cafe closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.

How to find us

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
Cheshire,CH65 4FW

By road - from junction 9 on the M53 follow brown signs for 'The Boat Museum'.

By rail - 10 minutes walk from Ellesmere Port station. Merseyrail half-hourly service from central Liverpool and stations on the Wirral.

By bike - the towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the museum.

By bus - 20 minutes walk from Ellesmere Port bus station.  Wide range of services including from Caernarfon,
Chester, Liverpool, Neston, Runcorn and Wirral. 

Click here for a map

Click here for information on bus and train travel.

Or call Traveline - 0871 200 2233.

Ample free parking for cars, coaches and bikes. Coach drop off point outside main entrance. Designated disabled parking spaces.


  • Adult £6
  • Concession* & Family Adult** £5
  • Child (5-16) £4
  • Under 5s free

* Concessions = registered disabled, unemployed or on state benefit; over 60s and students.

** Family discounts to fit the size and make-up of your family...

The way it works is that each adult in your family group enters at the discounted Family Adult rate of £5. Whether you come in as one adult and one child, or as a mixed group of several adults and children, you pay £5 for adults in your family group and the usual price for children.

Gift Aid
Donate an amount equivalent to your standard admission and receive twelve months free entry. Completing a Gift Aid Declaration for this donation will enable us to increase the value of your donation by 28%. Twelve months free entry also available to non gift aided donations, please ask at reception for details.

Groups visits
If your party includes 10 or more people we are delighted to offer a range of group discounts and our super Group Visit Package.

Click here details.


National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port is located in a historic canal dock complex. Some of the pathways around the site are cobbled and uneven.

There is level access to all galleries and displays and to the cafe and shop. The site plan that is given to all visitors shows a recommended accessible route around the site.

Disabled visitors may bring one carer with them for free.

• Designated parking

• Lift access to main exhibitions

• Accessible toilets and parent & baby room

• Tactile maps

• Two manual wheelchairs available. Call 0151 355 5017 to reserve.

•  Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome throughout the site.

For more information or to discuss your needs please email or call us on 0151 355 5017.



Explore the museum

Boat Trips




Trying one of the museum's hands-on exhibits.

Early morning view of locks at the Museum.

Volunteer working on one of the engines in the Power Hall.

Pair of cygnets in the museum canal.

Gloriously colourful narrow boat - Thomas Clayton.


Early morning scene, museum and boats.





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