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National Waterways Museum

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Address: South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
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A Great Family Day

Having visited the Boat Museum since it first opened... and am now taking Grandchildren there.... Maybe past it's best... but still a great day out for all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Paul A
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having visited the Boat Museum since it first opened... and am now taking Grandchildren there.... Maybe past it's best... but still a great day out for all the family... Plenty of exhibits that you can 'climb onto'... good café and loads of areas that you can sit and have a picnic. Overall great value and an interesting and informative part... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited because our grandsons had so little understanding of the history of the canals. A lot of work has been done externally since our last visit many years ago and this is much improved. We followed the map provided which suggests a numbered route to follow. But it starts with the slipway, an engine room, a smithy... It would... More 

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lincoln
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful setting, I spent two relaxing hours wandering around the buildings which are full of interesting information about the people who worked on the rivers and canals of England. You can also step onboard some of the museums barges and see the living and working conditions of our ancestors.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. Good access from the M53. Nice location with lots to see. Short boat trips on the canal available. Good cafe and shop on site. Check their website for full details. Looking forward to visiting again.

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Thank Paul W
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an exciting museum and display. Really worth a visit. Everything well laid out and informative. A real find

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a different place to visit not too far away. Came across the national water always museum on a "things to do in Cheshire" page. Really enjoyable day out, not too expensive to get in (I was able to get student discount) and for a small extra fee you can go on a short trip on the canal on... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum dedicated to the waterways & the history of the people who lived & made a life on them. The cost of entry & a trip on a narrow boat came to a little over £14 for two people. There are exhibitions & demonstrations of various types of engine used to power the canal boats. Also there are... More 

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today we visited the boat museum, we arrived around 1pm and spent varound 2 hours. We are a family of 4 and there was lots for the boys to see and touch. There is an app you can download so you get commentary from the posters around the attraction. Lots of signs make it easy to get around and you... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place, been three times in past 12 months. However.................don't think much to the idea of removing the build-the-narrowboat bouncy play area (for 5-10 year olds) with rather boring James Brindley historical information boards. OK for adults, but this has removed the favourite element of the place for grandchildren....why has this happened??? Nothing has replaced it and now a... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit, especially if you're travelling by canal boat. You can moor in their basin, by the holiday inn. Very secure and entrance to the museum is included in the mooring fee. The museum is well laid out and has a collection of wonderful old boats. It also tells the history of the birth of the waterways... More 

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