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Anderton Boat Lift
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Owner description: The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.
Reviewed 12 September 2011

The Anderton Boat Lift is one of those marvels of Victorian Engineering that makes the modern visitor wonder whether we haven't lost our vision in the years since then.
Opened in 1875, the lift was the first of its kind: an elevator to carry boats between the Weaven Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal, a rise of some fifty feet.
After some teething troubles the lift operated until 1983 when it was declared unsafe. After restoration it re-opened in 2002, and is now in full working order. There is now a busy visitor's centre with a cafeteria, a gift shop, and a permanent exhibition (there is a small fee to visit the exhibition.) In addition regular boat trips are available to take visitors through the lift, or alternatively along the waterway to nearby Northwich.
The trip through the lift is accompanied by a high quality commentary that answered all the engineering questions I had in my mind before I needed to ask them.
The boat trip took about half an hour, and the boat was large, modern and comfortable with proper seating and a transparent roof.
All in all it was a very enjoyable visit: entertaining and informative. This is one not to be missed if you are anywhere nearby.

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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Great attraction for anyone with an interest in Canals / Boats/ Victorian engineering /and even for those who don't think they would be interested.

Take a picnic - watch all the activity / best of all go on the lift!

Thank psw64
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

my husband and i went to see the anderton lift in northwich,cheshire on sunday.what a lovley day out it was .seeing all the fantastic canal boats,the anderton lift is an amazing feat of engineering .we paid 4.50 for entrance to the museum and this included a 40 min boat ride along the river weaver .and the comentater was excellent.there is a lovley cafe .and also a stage were they have groups on ,on an evening.nice places to sit and have a picnic. really enjoyed our day out and would deffinatley go again.

Thank tazzyengland
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

It was absolutely chucking down with rain, but that didn't stop us having a good time. We went on the boat lift and the boat ride, both highly enjoyable. Even my "this isn't a theme park or doesn't have animals" 14 year old wasn't complaining. Within the exhibition, there were things for children of all ages to investigate and the audio visual film was very witty, we watched it twice! We ate dinner in the cafe, simple food selection, jackets, sandwiches, panninis, but this catered for our needs, 1 meateater, 2 vegetarians and 1 incredibly fussy vegetarian. Lots of good places to stand and take photos.

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Reviewed 21 June 2011

My wife and myself went with a group to visit the Anderton Boat lift, and what a wonderful experience it turned out to be, right from the excellent coffee in the cafe to the outstanding knowledge and humour which was delivered by some very capable guides. The management should be very impressed by their guides knowledge and manner they are a shining example to everyone. This is truly a great experience and I would certainly urge anyone who is thinking about visiting the boat life to go, you will not regret the experience.

Thank alphonsus10
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