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National Waterways Museum

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Address: South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
Phone Number: 0151 355 5017
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Great couple of hours spent...

I really didn't know much about this museum until my husband took me a few years ago to it just for a local day out. He grew up around here and remembers when the museum was much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bergen B

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really didn't know much about this museum until my husband took me a few years ago to it just for a local day out. He grew up around here and remembers when the museum was much less attractive but he had to say that they've done some great things to it and made it a proper museum. We enjoyed... More 

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Thank Bergen B
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

So much fun for the price, Santa was fab and really took the time to engage with each child! Canal cruise was lovely, kids got a gift and stories! Afterwards there was mince pies, coffee/juice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Visited here with my young niece. Very educational and peaceful just for a wander. The gift shop had excellent colouring books!

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Thank Samuel C
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We loved this place ! We have done quite a lot of canal walking this year including the Shropshire Union Canal. There were lovely indoor museums covering all aspects of canals and narrow boats. The external waterways and locks were fascinating including some derelict boats. A wonderful place for photography and artists. And the Manchester Ship Canal runs alongside. All... More 

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Thank David M
Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

A variety of exhibits (some, eg the engineering ones, much more masculine appeal) but interesting 'houses through the ages' and recorded commentary on life on the canals in bygone days.

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Thank keithsuejames
Cheshire, UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Great if you like looking at boats but not much else. A lot of displays were broken or outdated. Expensive for a not very interesting day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We very much enjoyed our impromptu visit to this interesting museum. We came by train and walked on to the museum (15 minutes). Interesting location, on one canal, and adjacent to the Manchester ship canal. Very knowledgeable staff who wanted to engage with you and enhance your visit. We learnt a great deal about life on the local canals and... More 

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Thank ResidentinUK
Deeside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

What an amazing place! I had heard of this place but never been. Now that I have been all over the site, I can't wait to take my wife and kids for a day out here. So much to see and do much to do. Facilities on site are immaculate. The staff are so welcoming and attentive and the site... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Our 5 year old chose to visit this museum for his half term treat having enjoyed a pirate day on a previous visit. I was disappointed today with the whole outside area which looked very unkempt with a lot of weed growing around the locks and a host of decaying boats in the boat yard. However the indoor displays were... More 

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Aberdeen,Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Firstly, we found this attraction very good value for money. The cafe was well priced also and the food was good. Lots to do for everyone (Age Range 10 to 76). The houses on site was a highlight for all. Step back in time for some and the young members of the family fascinated by how their parents/grandparents had to... More 

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