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Lion Salt Works

Closes in 7 min: 10:30 - 17:00
Open today: 10:30 - 17:00
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Interesting historical venue

Very interesting history of salt. And history generally. Very good exhibitions. Demonstrating life... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Julie R
Manchester, United Kingdom
You just have to go for yourself

Visited today, it was fantastic, was only going for a short visit spent over 3 hours there. All... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, close to Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, and the historic Anderton Boat...more
Closes in 7 min
Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Ollershaw Lane | Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES, England
+44 1606 275066
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 October 2015

As a former journalist in Northwich I knew the Lion Salt Works in the 1980s before it closed down and I've always been interested in the place and its fate. I'm a member of the Friends of Weaver Hall Museum and a keen student of...More

4  Thank Anne L
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 May 2017

It's there. It's neat and it has had some significant investment into it. But ... I'm not sure it has been used all that wisely, or well. I just wanted more. Maybe it was because it was a biting cold day. Maybe I just has...More

3  Thank John B
li0nsaltw0rks, Manager at Lion Salt Works, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for your feedback, it has given us a lot to think about. Although we talk extensively about the poor working conditions in our tours and it forms part of the contemporary commentaries, I agree that this is an area that we should look...More

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All reviews butterfly garden guided tour well worth a visit interactive displays play area information boards great insight restoration work original features real sense excellent museum local history couple of hours all ages small cafe interesting place to visit industrial heritage
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting history of salt. And history generally. Very good exhibitions. Demonstrating life as it was in years gone by

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited today, it was fantastic, was only going for a short visit spent over 3 hours there. All staff very friendly, didn't go on guided tour but lady who told us about it before we made our own way round was very informative. We also...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a very interesting 3 hours here with an informative tour by a volunteer guide. Lots of information to revisit after the tour including taped stories from workers and restored parts of salt production here Well worth a visit with good parking and play area...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic small museum. We were introduced to the concept and history of the museum by a great guide, this took about 15 minutes we then left to wander about in our own time. There were excellent information boards, interactive exhibits with clear...More

Thank Suzy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Lion Salt works today and managed to catch the guided tour at 1pm. The guide was informative and took us through the history of the site from its opening till today. Whilst you can walk around the site on your own, looking...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to spend a couple of hours. The restoration is very well done, and information boards/ videos along the well signed route really made the experience. Was not able to take the guided tour, as all the volunteers were busy which was a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour is very informative and makes the most of the history and exhibitions and displays on offer.

Thank tfbear
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This fascinating museum tells the story of salt manufacture from brine, a crucial part of Cheshire’s history. The working conditions were very unpleasant and this museum brings the story of the industry to life. An excellent visit.

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We visited the salt works to catch a glimpse of the history of Cheshire. My ancestors were flatmen and it was interesting to see how the extraction of salt and the processing led to the final product which was transported by barge and sailing flats...More

1  Thank susanmartin2018
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This piece of history is a must see. Beautifully restored, quite sad to think people had to work so hard in such difficult conditions. Love the "telephone" conversations with the workers, made it all the more real. The letters from the soldiers brought a tear...More

Thank Janine J
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Jessica R
9 August 2018|
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Response from Peter e | Reviewed this property |
I would not take one sorry
Anna M
1 July 2018|
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Response from Jean C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it sells souvenir packs of salt , but they do not produce salt at this works any longer
11 February 2018|
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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Confirming other reply Yes a free and pleasant car park which is only feet away from main enterance and also has kiddies facilities and side exit to the canal walk.Which you should also consider .