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Review of Anderton Boat Lift

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 3 August 2014 via mobile

Highly Recommended.
Very interesting and good informative guide on boat.
Go visit you won't regret it!
There is a history/museum area and the usual cafe and shop.
Found all staff to be friendly and helpful.

Thank HarpyHagg
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Graham W, Front Office Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Boat Lift and we would like to thank you for your kind review. We all hope you will come to see us again soon.
Graham Wood
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We visited as a group as part of a car club outing.
I was amazed at the ingenuity of the Victorian engineers who devised this solution for linking two waterways that have a 50 foot height difference.
This was once an important part of the inland waterway network but with the decline in canal traffic the lift became disused and fell into ruin.
It was saved by some very determined enthusiasts who have returned it to use and preserved another part of our wonderful industrial heritage.
It is again busy but now it is mainly leisure traffic that use it.
I am sure it would be great fun to take your own narrow boat through the system but if you don't have a boat you can still enjoy the experience as there are trips available to the public.
It is a great trip and It has an interesting history which is fully explained by the guide who takes you through. There is also a visitor centre with gift shop and tea room.
Persons with an engineering background will be particularly interested but I believe no-one could fail to be amazed at the structure.
The surrounding landscape is very pleasant with attractive canal walks.
All told, a very pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Thank Ronnie J
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Graham W, Front Office Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Hi Ronnie

I would just like to thank you for your review following your recent visit to our attraction and say how good it was to see some of the lovely cars that you club drove to The Boat Lift.
Graham Wood
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

If you are passing through Northwich town Centre it's worth a look as it is a piece of engineering history and on a sunny day there is a nice walk along the river in the woods.

Thank southalls
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Lovely setting with museum, café, shops & what appears to be good disabled facilities - I was sussing this out for a future visit with my elderly sisters. Excellent boat trip with great commentary about the surrounding area & it's history, including the nearby salt mines. The boat lift was a fascinating experience for transporting the boat up 50ft from the river to the canal - what great technology!

Thank Rita C
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We were coming down the Trent and Mersey canal towards Middlewich and weren't planning on going down the lift but the kids really wanted to, so we managed to get a slot only 2 hrs after arriving, but the next slot back up wasn't until 9.30 am the next morning. It wasn't a problem though we just cruised down to northwich and moored the for the night.
The staff were very friendly and provided a very efficient service.

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