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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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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I visited on Friday 27/2/15. A fascinating place to visit. A very informal museum. Lots of boats/barges in various states of renovation. A lovely walk by the locks. And an indoor museum with lots of artefacts and displays. There is also a small row of cottages to look inside. There is an additional charge for a short canal boat ride.... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia
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111 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is well worth a visit. The setting amidst well maintained buildings and canals is lovely, and everything about canal boats from cutting the timber to the bright decorative paintings and the lives of the people who lived and worked on the canals is there. I can't recommend the cafe, sandwich fillings were not marked on the packet but... More 

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New Brighton
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great place, excellent day out. Enjoyed the trip on the boat, we expected them to cancel as there were only the two of us booked for the trip. The trip lasts 30 mins and is an extra £1.50, well worth it as you learn more about the history of the port and the boats. Will definately visit again great service,... More 

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Malvern, England, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Perhaps we were lucky to find a February day, that was relatively warm and dry. There was so much to see, I don't think we saw it all and we were there 4 hours. The buildings had been excellently refurbished, especially the row of cottages. It was nice to find people working in the buildings, we had a good guide... More 

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Loved every minute of it, the museum is wonderful and a lovely café with a small shop there too,,, will be back asp..

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Cheshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lovely place to spend time. Lots to see not only canal boats but also the history of Ellesmere Port. You can visit Porters Row and look inside the houses as well as a visit to the stables and see a blacksmith working. Staff are very welcoming and if asked, will give you more information. There is also a cafe... More 

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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I took a friend, who was visiting to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and I can say that we both really enjoyed it. There is plenty to see with a variety of exhibitions covering not only canal boats, but the social history of the area with example houses decorated in the style of the 19th century, the 1930's... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Visited as part of the national open day. lots to see, a very enjoyable day. Well done to the volunteers, your enthusiasm , knowledge and friendliness made the day.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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267 reviews 267 reviews
75 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Really surprised by the museum, much bigger than expected, a good variety of things to see, ie open canals, boats, a row of old houses converted to represent different era's, an exhibit covering the social history of the area, old stables, blacksmith forge, etc. Large café overlooking the canals with good coffee and walnut cake. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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