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National Waterways Museum

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Interesting visit

Spent a really interesting afternoon at the Museum, looking at a wide range of exhibits throughout... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A Wider Appreciation of the Narrowboat

Since my first visit in 1988, the museum has expanded to a remarkable degree. Today, the site is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a really interesting afternoon at the Museum, looking at a wide range of exhibits throughout this historic site. The volunteers who have brought it to the present state deserve great credit. Will bring the grand children who I am sure will find plenty to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since my first visit in 1988, the museum has expanded to a remarkable degree. Today, the site is large and offers a range of attractions. The museum is situated where the Shropshire Union canal used to link into the Manchester Ship Canal, which is close...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank aramis
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank njferguson
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gaz M
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 November 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kaboozie
Reviewed 31 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Al H
Reviewed 23 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
21 September 2017|
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Response from Michelle K | Property representative |
Hello Yes dogs are welcome across the site. Thank you Michelle