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National Waterways Museum

Address: South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
Phone Number: 0151 355 5017
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit if you are interested in old boats the industrial revolution canals and similar. Perhaps not ideal for youngsters but some fascinating history of our waterways and coastal shipping. The short canal trip is worth paying the extra for. All in all well worth a visit.

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Average belies the work and effort that has gone into producing the functional areas that one visits, if there was a good button I would have used that. The indoor halls and areas have a good selection of exhibits to explain the history of the long boats and canals in the area and the life of peole living on the... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Thought there would be more too it but nothing special. There isn't really any history to if. Was a lovely visit though.

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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fantastic staff good knowledge of the history of the waterways museum oldie worldy atmosphere lovely little coffee/gift shop

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We spent quite a few hours at the museum --- it was bigger than expected and very interesting. As well as having boats of various types it covered the social history of the people working and living on the canals. What made our visit extra enjoyable was the 1940s event being held last weekend --- it was as if we... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This had all the makings of a fantastic little museum, but it was an anachronism. They need to get a proper historian to work with them. We just wanted to take the museum apart and start again. Porters row cottages full of items that were not linked to the canal period at all or to the style of home. Gramophones,... More

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Friendly staff with time to talk to you. Quite a lot to see but take care with toddlers and young children, there are a lot of open canals around. Know it won't suit all, but we found it informative, especially the video clips. If you want to preserve your own heritage, this museum needs your visit and your money

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Radcliffe, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Spent an interesting few hours here. Particularly enjoyed the restored period cottages. The boat building exhibit was very well presented. My Labrador loved being allowed to enter the boats.

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I found this a little disappointing with nothing very exciting to write about. However, the cafe was good and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. I think being a canal enthusiast, I was expecting something more .

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

the museum was an eyeopener, did not realize how big it was. found it all very interesting even though live on a narrow boat myself

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