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Review of Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Great few days out if you are fortunate to have your own boat. Very pretty river and a great place for picnics. Northwich lovely little town to stop on the river on your first nights cruise. Try it you will love it. If cruising the Trent &Mersey Canal do not pass it by, take the time to enjoy.

Thank invicta3
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The boat lift enabled cargo and salt barges to negotiate the 60 ft height difference between the River Weaver and the canal.It fell into a pitifully bad condition before being rescued by volunteers and completely rebuilt.Now it is a tourist attraction but still functions as it did originally.You can do a short sail and a one way trip in a barge using the lift for about £7 per adult.Sounds expensive but when you take in the exhibition and a walk around the canal basin(and sneaky ice-cream) as a one-off unique experience it's not bad value.Cafe is fine for lunch,or tea and a bun.Staff very helpful.

Thank Pamela B
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Very pleasant location, nice cafe, interesting museum. Boat trips very expensive (£7 one way through the lift) so didn't bother.

2  Thank 826ScareyMary826
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onetwothreefourfives, Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

Hi Thank-you for your review, I am sorry that you feel the price of the one way lift trip is expensive. We monitor our prices each year, and do try to keep them to a minimum. The Trip on the lift lasts for about 35 minutes and whilst on board the boatmaster give a live commentary and answers any questions about the lift.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I took my grandchildren on the boat lift and did a trip on the river , we had lunch at the café and a walk round the grounds . a nice day out and interesting for the children .

Thank Ann O
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a unique structure and well worth a visit but check for seasonal opening. Can actually experience the lift on a canal barge.

Thank carleep1946
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