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Welcome to the National Waterways Museum

Unlock the wonders of our waterways...
The National Waterways Museum brings together a unique fleet of historic boats with rich collections and archives to tell the story of Britains canals and waterways. The historic docks at Ellesmere Port provide the perfect setting. 

With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the Museum is a great day out where time slows down and history comes to life.

And to make it easier for you to visit, click here to download our special 20% off voucher, vaild for the rest of the summer holidays!

New for 2011

Take advantage of our location with a Manchester Ship Canal cruise - you can start or finish a cruise here on selected dates in June and September. Just click on the link to your left to find out more.

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We've just launched our innovative and far reaching Development Plan - setting out our aims for the next phase of the museum and the way in which we will fit into the wider developments in our town. Click here to download the the PDF and do please get involved by letting us know what you think. 

What's on

Craft and Classic Car Fair
Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 2012 Craft and Classic Car Fair


Boating Adventures
Friday August 19 Narrowboat cruises for 12-25 year olds.

   Manchester Ship Canal

New for this year, cruises to and from Salford Quays on the Manchester Ship Canal are being run by our friends at Mersey Ferries, using the Museum as a departure and arrival point. Visit Mersey Ferries website for full details. 



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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