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“A great day out - well worth a visit.”

National Waterways Museum
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Owner description: Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

A real gem and packed with social and industrial history. Well laid out with lots to see. Amazing number of exhibits and displays in a huge warehouse. Worth having a short 30 min canal trip (for £1.50). Large tearoom and shop. Ideal for enthusiasts or just families. The restored cottages showing different periods in time are well worth seeing.

Thank MidlandsGds
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We were camping not far away and had pasted this a number of times so decided to give it a go.

Set aside a good few hours to fully appreciate the sheer scale of information here.

Upstairs in one corner is a TV (pity it's not projected on to a wall) which shows a video of the Manchester Ship Canal, well worth sitting down and watch it start to finish.

There is also a short barge trip and for the extra money you may find it interesting, providing the microphone works!

All in all very enjoyable with a nice basic cafe.

1  Thank StinkyLiverpool
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Anybody interested in canal boats and canals would be enchanted by the museum. The place has lots of examples of machinery and equipment associated with the world of canals and their history

Thank captain geoffy
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We went to the Boat Museum on Sunday 3rd Feb. We arrived at 12 noon and were really looking forward to visiting the museum and find out more about the canal network and boats.

We received a really warm welcome at reception and also the cafe was nice and also the staff very nice and engaging.

Sadly, out of all the interactive displays and screens only 2 were working, which was really poor!! I have to say no one seemed to care, some of the screens were just turned off and some just had faults on.

There was no sign of volunteers in the buildings and if you had any questions, no one to ask.

There were volunteers outside, not that you actually knew who was a volunteer, as they were not identified.

I also have to say that were certainly some areas that needed a good clean and some areas that were not safe.

Sadly, I will not be going back.

2  Thank Jason C
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Life on the Canals is not hurried and this museum shows both the hard life of the old boaters and at the same time the naturally slow pace of their lives

Thank Tony336
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