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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
0151 355 5017
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Carlisle, Cumbria
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I had wanted to go here for years and when we finally went I was left thinking 'is that it'? Luckily we had buy one get one free entry so it wasn't too expensive. There were a few areas closed for renovation which surely they could have done that in the winter? The soft play was basically a big boat... More

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Bedale, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here on an indifferent day weatherwise, it was raining on and off during the morning. The man on the ticket desk asked if we would like to book the boat ride up the canal and back and we said yes. We had arrived at 11am and the boat trip was for 2pm. We imagined that we would come... More

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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a very interesting museum and short boat trip, gives a very good insight into what life was like on the barges. Allow about 3 hours for the visit.

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had Tesco Days out vouchers which we were able to use for admission to the Museum and also for a half hour trip a Barge. We arrived at 11am on Sunday 29th June, the Staff on duty were volunteers and very informative about the history of the canal and how life was lived. We had booked for the half... More

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a lovely walk around the canal and spent all our time outside but didn't actually go in. We were going to have a sandwich at the south african restaurant , Jonquil I think it was called, and coffee bar but had missed lunch service by 10 minutes. There was only coffee and cake on offer so we just... More

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Cape Town is home
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105 reviews 105 reviews
8 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Really interesting museum with exhibits about the history of canal transport in UK, some working models of engines, a forge, and canal boats in various states of repair. Worth walking around to see the locks and enjoy the feel of the place.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Don't judge this until you go. Really enjoyed just taking a leisurely stroll around the museum. Weather was lovely and lots to see and do. All in all a wonderful surprise

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I don't normally leave bad reviews I try to see the positive but we went here this weekend I've been many times in the past when I was younger And remembered it a good day out so we thought we would go it was awful nothing was open the boat rides were not running despite being told they were and... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic day out, genuine social history, lots of physical objects that you can touch and feel. Especially enjoyed the historic boats 'President' and 'Kildare'. Buying a ticket gives you access for a year - great value.

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Went on an organised trip with the Rhyl history club. We paid £7.50 each and with that we had a free cup of tea/coffee and biscuits, a guided tour, a trip on a boat on the canal and entry into the Museum, which was very interesting, although a few things such as the cottages were closed due to renovation, and... More

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