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Boat Trips at Ellesmere Port

Go with the flow... 

Climb aboard our canalboat Centaur for a boat trip on the Shropshire Union Canal. This 30 minute boat trip takes you through a fascinating industrial landscape criss-crossed with past and present transport systems. Your tour guide will unfold for you the stories that lie behind the passing bridges and quaysides and bring to life the changing fortunes of the canal and its people.

And you don't have to visit the museum to take a boat trip. Pop along just for the boat trip if you like. You'll be welcome to visit the café and shop too.

Boat trips on Centaur are a great way to slow down and experience canal life - life at 4mph. 


Trip times and availability vary* Please phone 0151 355 5017 on the morning of your visit to check boats rides are available and to confirm times that day.

Tickets Adults £1.50, children and concessions £1


Look out for...

The grooves on the old Victorian Bridge worn down by the ropes of horses as they pulled narrow boats to and from Ellesmere Port docks.

The local wildlife and the sun glinting on the water. 


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* Whilst boat trips are available most days, we cannot guarantee them and recommend you call in advance if you are keen for a boat trip to be central to your day out. We are looking for more volunteers to help out on boat trips and offer full training. Click here for more information.


Boat trip on Centaur.

Swan at the museum.


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