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Things to do for a great family day out

A great family day out with loads to see and do

National Waterways Museum gives children a superb introduction to the world of canals and waterways. Our rich collections, fleets of narrowboats and other vessels, and our fabulous historic site really capture children's imaginations.

And the museum is a great family day out too - grandparents and grandchildren! There's loads of space for kids to run around and explore as well as quiet corners for picnics or just for watching the world go by. There are games to play and displays packed with fascinating information to browse. All ages will find things of interest and enjoyment to see and do.

We also have a wet weather picnic area, high chairs in the café and good baby changing facilities. The Café is a great place for family and friends to come together at the end of the day and swop stories about their day out at the museum.

Our top tips for a great family day out

Pick up a site plan and prepare your family for adventure!

  • take a boat trip on the Shropshire Union Canal
  • let off steam in the large soft play area
  • explore inside historic boats - imagine how your family would have lived in this tiny space!
  • design your own narrow boat
  • see locks in action and maybe even get to help out!
  • try out cunning mechanical models
  • fire up a gleaming steam engine
  • test out your family's skills and play Victorian games together.

Events and activities
We put on events and activities for families every school holiday. Check out the What's on page of our website for our full programme of family days out.

Season Tickets
Take full advantage of the museum and our changing events and activities throughout the year with a family season ticket. Designed to fit families of all shapes and sizes, season tickets offer a year's enjoyment and great value - a year of great family days out!


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Family day out, helping out with one of the museum locks.
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