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“Great day out”

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 November 25, 2013 via mobile

Great museum and always has events going on. We take kids on a regular basis and they always love it. You can also go on a boat ride and check out the old cottages but beware the toilet?

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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

Okay I may be biased because I live on a boat myself, but I think this place is wonderful. Make sure you give yourself several hours as there is loads to see as well as a cafe with great cakes overlooking the canal.

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We saw this museum on the Hairy Bikers Restoration programme but before then we had never heard of it. On a trip to Cheshire we decided to call in. It's a lovely museum spread out over the whole site so make sure you don't miss anything! There's lots to see. We took advantage of the boat trip. It was lovely and our tour guide was very interesting. The facilities are great, fantastic shop, good café with a great menu, plenty to chose from. It was a pleasant surprise to see just how much is here an how much we learned about the history of the canals in the area and the links to the Mersey. The one thing that stumped us all though, and it's tucked away right at the back of the museum was the concrete barge. Everything about it says this thing should not float but not only does it float, you can move it with one finger!! We were lucky to have good weather so going between buildings was no problem.

Thank DottieOnWheels
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

This museum is based on the banks of te Mersey river & also the Ship Canal. It is also the starting point of the Shropshire Union Canal. Although the museum is small it is interesting for anybody who likes transport history. There are not many boats to see, but I go here whilst my wife enjoys shopping at the nearby 'Cheshire Oaks Retail Park'

Thank Glyn W
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We spent an interesting morning here, there are some fascinating insights into canal life. It would be useful to have a suggested route around the place. The map supplied has numbered buildings, but since the first building encountered is number 12 this isn't very helpful. OK, different people have different interests, but a suggested route for the first-time visitor would be a great help. We would have liked to have taken a boat trip, but there was only one that day, at 1pm - lunch time!

Thank patricia K
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