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The Canal Docks

A landscape rich in industrial archaeology, historic buildings and wildlife...

National Waterways Museum is housed in some of the many listed buildings that remain from the site's days as a working canal docks.

Walking the seven-acre site takes you through a dynamic landscape of Victorian buildings, docks, locks, stables, cottages and canal basins. 

A treasure trove for those interested in industrial archaeology, the site is steeped in history and in fine examples of Victorian architecture and industry. 

With lots of green spaces the site is full of lovely spots to sit and watch the world go by, and the waterways attract a wide variety of wildlife and especially many wild birds.

Ellesmere Port's docks played an important role in the development of England's north west into an industrial powerhouse.  Visit the Viewing Point beside the car park to fully take in the site's remarkable location on the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey.


Watch out for...
Visiting boats navigating the locks to travel from the upper to the lower canal basin.

Cormorants, king fishers, swans, wagtails and other visitors.


Explore the museum

Museum, canal basin and crane.

 Exterior view of the museum with locks and toll house.

  Cormorant at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Photo by Brian Curry.



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