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Review of Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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

Nice area ,beautiful walks along the river weaver with lovely countryside.
easy to find ,parking is around £2 for three hours.
The boat lift flatters to decieve,and the restaurant is not cheap.

But for the walks alone well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bigtruck61
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely time on the Santa Cruise. I booked for me and my little girl and my friends from Nottingham. Very well organised. Friendly staff. We then enjoyed a snack in the café. Again, friendly staff. I LOVED the free craft area for the children. Fab idea. Thanks for a wonderful time. Will be back on a normal day in the new year!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank madamerangetout
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An attraction to please a wide age group. Interactive displays, film of the history of the lift, a children's playground and,for an aadditional charge boat trips along the River Weaver.
There is a cafe if you should feel peckish and close by is the Stanley Arms which serves more substantial meals at reasonable prices. Combined with a trip to the nearby Lion Salt Works and/or the salt museum in Northwich a full day out with the family can be enjoyed

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Drove from the South Lakes for the Santa Cruise and it was so worth it! Great food in the cafe, staff were fantastic and the Santa Cruise was wonderful! Lovely Father Christmas and great, age-appropriate gift. Great visitors centre for all ages and Christmas crafys. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SarahTeggs
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

We spent an afternoon there and had a good time taken a walk on the trails around the area. We originally came to see the boat lift work but it is closed until next April. So we were going to take a boat ride but we needed to book it the day before because they are special cruises for Christmas. So we went on a great walk through the countryside and we got free parking because the pay stations were not working. Very nice day out. We will be back when the lift is open and enjoy the area again.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeffgD9103BJ
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