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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent day out for an educational and relaxing day, staff friendly and helpful, great little cafe.

Thank Paul D
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"the river"
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"victorian engineering"
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"well worth a visit"
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"gift shop"
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"amazing piece of engineering"
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"falkirk wheel"
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"the lower level"
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"working order"
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"trent mersey canal"
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"country park"
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"car park"
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"industrial heritage"
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"free entry"
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"nice cafe"
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"play area"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here lots, living so close. Had a walk along the canal before stopping for lunch at the cafe. Food is very reasonable and was served quickly. Good variety of drinks too. The baby facilities are good if you go downstairs. Good selection of ice cream too.

Thank Vicky C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked for 6 people for 2.45pm Saturday tour of the lift and the river on the previous Thursday, after some difficulty getting through on the phone system. We turned up as required with 1/2 hour to spare. Our party and 6 others waited round the corner on the river as directed by staff. At 3.05, 20 mins late a guide came and asked if we were waiting for the tour, we all said yes and he took us round to the boat. There were only 3 or 4 seats left on the boat. We were told by the crew that the computer system is able to over book the trips! The manager was very apologetic and we have a full refund. Extremely disappointed

Thank Davepj1963
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was somewhere my husband had always wanted to visit and I must admit that I was sceptical that there would be enough to keep me interested. I have to be honest and say that I was pleasantly surprised. The information about how the lift works and how it was 'saved' was fascinating. The boat trip including using the lift was interesting and best of all for me wheelchair friendly. For anyone not sure about visiting I would thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Marie H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well got to the boat lift decided to eat in the cafe. So we had a few different things and it was really very nice all freshly made and the lady serving us was so pleasant which makes a big change
We went on the boat tour which was informative and the the boat lift what a great few hours

Thank parky6969
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