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National Waterways Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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A Rainy Day at the National Waterways Museum

It was overcast and raining when we visited the National Waterways Museum. Unfortunately we were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
fantastic collection of barges and fascinating history

Coming from Birmingham, we know all about canals because we have more miles of it in our city than... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously...more
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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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All reviews the cottages the manchester ship canal canal trip narrow boat cafe on site engine room canal basin industrial revolution few hours interactive displays local history interesting place great place to visit couple of hours value for money entrance fee sunny day
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Reviewed yesterday

It was overcast and raining when we visited the National Waterways Museum. Unfortunately we were only in the area for the day, so couldn't wait for better weather, but fortunately there are a lot of indoor exhibits to see. Complimentary loan umbrellas were available, so...More

Thank aramis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from Birmingham, we know all about canals because we have more miles of it in our city than anywhere else in Britain! But despite the miles of waterway on our own doorstep, some of which have been gentrified and redeveloped as residential areas, we...More

Thank njferguson
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent weekend trip to Chester we called at this site as we enjoy canal boats and their history. This has got to be the best location to see all aspects of the waterways history of the country.

Thank Gaz M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting museum and I have been visiting it for many years, albeit 4 years since my previous one. It continues to improve and looks much better now that the semi-sunken boats were removed for restoration last year. Cafe is pleasant and...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent two lovely afternoons here, lots of interesting things to see and do. The one off entrance fee lasts for 12 months, so you can visit at different times of the year depending on what events are on. There are lots of interactive activities for...More

Thank Kaboozie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no idea what to expect when we saw "Boat Museum" signposted off the road but decided to give it a try. We had a really enjoyable time there, the whole area is beautifully maintained and the information panels in the various buildings were...More

1  Thank pamcam2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the museum for the " Halloween Monster Mash " with my grandchildren. What a great time they had, the Mash organisers were amazing, entertaining children aged from1 to about 11, with games , stories , activities and dancing. Well done! If you can catch...More

Thank Al H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely little place. Got to see canal boats travelling through the locks. The interactive parts are very good. The crane was loved by the 11 year old. Good cafe. The AR spots sort of worked we could hear what they had to say...More

Thank N2846AZhelenm
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This place is so boring with absolutely nothing happening. We went on a day when they had advertised that steam would be on in the pump house. Got there and ....nothing! Walked round in 90 minutes and was so bored. No displays working, nobody doing...More

3  Thank peterw_in_Wakefield
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Well worth the visit, lots to learn about and see, staff very friendly, a great day out. There is some nice to eat, the food was lovely.

Thank Jill K
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28 October 2018|
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Response from N2846AZhelenm | Reviewed this property |
There is an indoor play area upstairs for less than 5 year olds. No outdoor play area.
25 August 2018|
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Response from janew541 | Reviewed this property |
Booking not necessary. Your ticket gives you free return visits for 12 months.
22 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
Hello Yes dogs are welcome across the site. Thank you Michelle