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Unlock the wonders of our waterways...

With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the Museum is a great day out whatever the weather.

Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, soak up fascinating canal history, explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens.

Its stunning location beside the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal makes the museum well-placed to show how the waterways helped drive the UK's astonishing industrial revolution.

New for 2010
We have designed a site plan to help you plan your great day out at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Click here for a copy.

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What's on

Wild About Wildlife
Find out what lives above, around and in our canals and waterways.


Paddlefest '10 will see hundreds of schoolchildren learning basic canoe skills and playing games.

  Canal moorings

Visiting by boat and booking overnight moorings.

Painted heart on narrow boat.


Conference Centre

An attractive and original location for meetings and conferences.

Visitor information
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Museum opening

Open daily
10am to 5pm

Shop and café opening

Open daily, all year
10am to 4pm

(Museum, café and shop closed  Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)


Adult £6
Child (5-16)
Concession £5
Family adults
Under 5s

Click here for details of family and group discounts.


Canal trips

Adult £1.50
Child/concession £1

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