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Address: Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
Phone Number: +44 1606 786777
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo...
The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.
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An excellent day out.

I have visited the boat lift many, many times over the past 45 years so it is wonderful to see the boat lift restored to its former glory. The exhibition is well set up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2014
Heather S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have visited the boat lift many, many times over the past 45 years so it is wonderful to see the boat lift restored to its former glory. The exhibition is well set up, informative and interesting. Young children would need a little adult help to understand it all but all other members of the family will be totally absorbed... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well worth a visit. Take the boat trip via the lift and make sure you walk along either the river Weaver or the canal

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Having grown up in the area near to Anderton Lift I did not realise the importance or significance of this lift. Now (too many years later to mention) we took our grandchildren on a truip of the lift. It is well worth the visit and very educational for the young, as well as us oldies. I would certainly reccommend a... More 

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Lancashire
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I went on a trip yesterday to visit the Anderton Boat Lift. We went on a sail down the river first and then the boat got in the lift and lifted us up to the canal. It was o.k, I wouldn't rave about it and I wouldn't have done it had I known what I know now. We followed that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I took my two young children (age 7 and 4) on the lift only boat trip. My son had been learning about it at school, so was very excited. It was a quiet first trip of the day, so we got to ask the knowledgeable guide lots of questions. Great value for a 45 min boat ride up or down... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

20 volunteers from Gloucester Waterways Museum visited on Thursday. Despite the rain, hail and a 7 hour delay on the M6 (closed due to accident), every volunteer said it was well worth the visit. Commentaries are excellent. We thought it was worth the 10 hour journey! If you live closer, you really must go!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I got 'top of the world' tickets for my partner as a little treat as part of his 50th birthday present as he loves this kind of thing. I was a bit dubious as I am not very good with heights and thought it may be a bit boring. I was wrong! We had a great guide, sorry I can't... More 

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Timothy T, Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this review

Hi Really please that you enjoyed our Top of the World Tours. The team that deliver the tours on the lift are predominantly volunteers and have a real passion for the lift. The trips on boat on the lift and river are now operational daily until the end of October, and we hope to see you back soon. Many Thanks... More 

Runcorn, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A piece of history on your door step.well worth the time to go and appreciate it.and take the boat trip. Have also seen the modern version (falkirk wheel) & rate this higher due to its age.

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Timothy T, Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this review

Hi Thank-you for your rating. Really please that you rate us highly and we hope that you return soon! Many Thanks Timothy More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Well what can I say, they do not make pieces of engineering like that anymore. You could call it a work of art. We just went to the boat lift which costs nothing, if you want to go in a boat that goes up in the boat lift this does cost money. We also went to the cafe, coffee was... More 

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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this review

Hi Really please that you had a great day. I am really disappointed that food was not upto standard. Would you be able to give us further feedback as we want to be the best that we can. Please either call and ask to speak to Carly or Duncan on 01606 786777 or email info@andertonboatlift.co.uk More 

Oswestry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A fantastic piece of engineering, beautifully restored and well cared for. However, it's been rather Disney-fied, with an out-of-scale visitor centre dominating the top of the site, basically a means to extract money. The cafe within this does though provide a great sheltered view, but the service is terrible. If you are interested in canals and engineering, this is an... More 

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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this review

Hello Sorry that you felt that the Visitor Centre detracts from the Anderton Boat Lift and the amazing engineering feat that the structure is. The Anderton Boat Lift is part of the Canal & River Trust, and raising funds for our Canals and Rivers is very high on our priority. However two years ago we did make the Exhibition and... More 

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