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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Fascinating !

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
David M
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank David M
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank keithsuejames
Cheshire, UK
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36 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 A lot of displays were broken or outdated.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.

Thank lenaincheshire
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank ResidentinUK
Deeside, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Sam T
Chester, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Rosemary W
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a tour for our group for £7.50 which included tea/coffee and biscuits, then a half hour trip on the canal with informative and interesting commentary and afterwards a guided tour of the site which lasted 45 minutes, possibly longer. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were a group of older people and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.... More 

Thank Weary_Wabbit
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61 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited today with friends visiting the area party included three children and three adults . Thought this attraction was poor value and disappointing overall. Some of the features at the museum where out of action one because the power was off another only operates on certain days in the month ?. Didn't feel there was enough going on to hold... More 

Thank JOHN E
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting on so many different levels. From the technical side of canal life to the real struggles that the boat families lived.Voice recordings of original boat people brought a real feel of life to the exhibition. exploring the boats, cottages and stables of these people brought the era to life. Would definitely go again and hopefully see the engines running.

Thank JillyMel

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