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Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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We were visiting the area with an 11 and 9 year old and were recommended the Anderson Boat Lift by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Peter S
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Fascinating engineering... great fireworks...

The engineering of the lift is fascinating. Have taken the trip on the canal boat down the lift and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Northwich, United Kingdom
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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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Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were visiting the area with an 11 and 9 year old and were recommended the Anderson Boat Lift by a friend. It didn’t disappoint and we all enjoyed our time there. We did both parts, the boat trip up to Northwich and the lift...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The engineering of the lift is fascinating. Have taken the trip on the canal boat down the lift and was really interesting to understand the engineering expertise, both in the original structure and the modern equivalent. Visited the fireworks last year and planning to go...More

Thank LycraJunkie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic to visit . There's an exhibition , a cafe and boat trip to go onto the lift and be lowered down onto the river then a little cruise up the river all the time the guide is telling you information . We had a...More

Thank Paula L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on Sunday as always wanted to see the boat lift. It's a great piece of engineering. It's a pay and display car park. The cafe is small and pricey but adequate. The lift itself is worth seeing but a little slow and you could...More

Thank johnandmel123
Reviewed 1 week ago

went at about 1 30pm one afternoon went to book a trip in the boat but was told it was booked up so had a walk round the boats who were selling their wares etc. will go back to have a trip on the boat...More

Thank blueboy246
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Allow a few hours to enjoy museum, boat trip, boat lift and the obligatory cafe and gift shop area. Plenty of car parking space and enjoyable for children and adults alike.

Thank J Andrew T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quick visit to see this amazing lift. Really lovely visitors centre which can be accessed on foot or scooter. They have a lift down stairs so you can go round the Gardens. An interesting maze and other things for the kids and it's all...More

Thank HamishEssex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was very interesting, and those who like engineering will adore it. Had a lovely boat ride down the canal as well. Tour guide was very likeable.

Thank Carolyn D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out. Nice cafe for a full English then a trip on a canal boat in the lift very interesting and the staff are realy nice

Thank chrisp955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a must see in our opinion, real working history. Unfortunately the cafe does not match up to the lift itself, expensive and very very slow service! Hence only the 4 stars.

Thank Nick B
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July 23, 2017|
Response from Graham W | Property representative |
Hi, All of our attraction is accessible including our trip boat the Edwin Clark but if you have any more questions please do not hesitate in giving us a call.
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Louise S | Reviewed this property |
Just in case it is not too late to answer, the boat was also very accessible and had two wheelchair passengers the day we used it. They have the kind of ramps you use at rail stations to get on the boat and also an internal... More
August 28, 2016|
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Response from CheshireScrib | Reviewed this property |
We went on Bank Holiday Monday....we had a wonderful time...as in Trip adviser report.......cheshireScrib