National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port looks after one of the greatest collections of historic boats in the world. Book online now -Your ticket now allows you to return as many times as you like during the year.
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The museum is open everyday, 10am-5pm! With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the museum makes a great family day out in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Logodisplays, to the locks and moorings vibrant with historic and visiting narrow boats. Designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop, 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 round its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. Canals are havens for wildlife. Look and listen out for the many birds that live here or travel through - pied wagtails, swans, coots, ducks, cormorants, moor hens - you may even catch sight of a kingfisher or even hear a sky lark! Our page will keep you updated with the latest news and events. Don't forget to share your #waterwayday pictures what us!

Operating as usual

Here’s another great photograph shared with us from @shakeyphotographyIf you’re wondering what to do this weekend we’re ...
04/09/2020

Here’s another great photograph shared with us from @shakeyphotography

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend we’re open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseumEllesmerePort #EllesmerePort #DaysOut #Canal #LifesBetterByWater #ThePort #BoatMuseum #TheBoaty #Reflections

Earlier in the week we shared a photograph of the collections team working hard to get Friendship ready for when we reop...
03/09/2020

Earlier in the week we shared a photograph of the collections team working hard to get Friendship ready for when we reopen the Island Warehouse Exhibition Hall, so for #ThrowbackThursday this week we searched in our online archive for a photograph of her.

Here you can see the stern of Friendship at Hawkesbury Junction and Joe Skinner with his mule, Dolly, on the towpath. Friendship is loaded with coal.

Joe and Rose Skinner were fabulous canal characters and much loved in the canal community and we enjoy hearing your stories about them.

#Friendship #Boat #Coal #Dolly #TheWaterwaysArchive #Archive #DigitalArchive #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #IslandWarehouse #CantWaitToOpenTheRestOfTheMuseum

On a rainy afternoon like this, we're so pleased to say we've reintroduced a few tables inside our cafe which are very w...
02/09/2020

On a rainy afternoon like this, we're so pleased to say we've reintroduced a few tables inside our cafe which are very well spaced out.
#MuseumCafe #EllesmerePort #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #BoatMuseum #ThePort

The Island Warehouse Exhibition Hall may be closed to the public at the moment but there’s lots of work taking place on ...
01/09/2020

The Island Warehouse Exhibition Hall may be closed to the public at the moment but there’s lots of work taking place on the inside.

Here are our collections colleagues carrying our a conservation clean of Friendship. They’re wearing extra PPE because of the dust.

Friendship is a wooden narrowboat built in 1924 by F.W & A. Sephton of Hawkesbury Stop. Friendship is a rare owner-operator horse boat.

We can’t wait to open more areas to the public. We’ll let you know as soon as we can.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseum #BoatConservation #Friendship #HorseBoat #BoatBuilding #EllesmerePort #Museum #BoatsOfInstagram

On your next visit you can experience life through the eyes of the real 19th century workers who made their living in th...
31/08/2020

On your next visit you can experience life through the eyes of the real 19th century workers who made their living in the docks and on the historic slipway there. The stories of Carpenter Henry Leadbetter, boatwoman Harriet Price and night watchman Charlie Broster, are among the voices bringing history vividly to life. Ask at reception for more information.

Set just aside from the rest of the museum, Porters Row and its traditional cottage garden present a lovingly recreated ...
30/08/2020

Set just aside from the rest of the museum, Porters Row and its traditional cottage garden present a lovingly recreated picture of domestic life through the ages in Ellesmere Port's canal docks.

Originally built in 1833, the four cottages of Porters Row are now dressed to recreate homes from the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s - each with the decor and features of its time, from oil lamps to electric lights and from coal-fired coppers to early hand-operated washing machines.

They were on a home to shipwrights, blacksmiths, railway workers and, of course, porters and their families.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #PortersRow #ThroughTheAges

Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, did you know that Ellesmere Port was the largest Inland Waterway do...
29/08/2020

Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, did you know that Ellesmere Port was the largest Inland Waterway dock complex in the UK?

Across the River Mersey from Liverpool, goods were moved onto vessels like Mossdale and then transferred onto narrowboats so they could move along the canal network.

So important was this link, that the docks were still working right up until the 1950s.

Now a conservation area with 19 Grade II listed buildings, when you visit today you can still walk around the locks, docks and look across to Liverpool and visit the workers’ cottages.

28/08/2020
Canal & River Trust - Explorers

Have you got lots of Lego pieces around your house?
See below for fun things to make👇 and follow Canal & River Trust for lots of other ideas.

Every year an estimated 14 million pieces of plastic end up in and around our canals and rivers. These plastic bottles, food wrappers and bags can harm the fish, swans and other wildlife that make the canals their home. If everyone who visited one of our canals and rivers picked up just one piece of plastic, the water and towpaths would be clear within a year. Just for fun try making this working litter picker out of LEGO by following these step-by-step instructionshttps://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/42124.pdf

We love to welcome our visitors on boat too. This great photograph was given to us by @shakeyphotography and we’re so pl...
26/08/2020

We love to welcome our visitors on boat too.

This great photograph was given to us by @shakeyphotography and we’re so pleased to be able to share it with you 📸

If you’re planning to arrive on your boat please visit our website for more information or feel free to give us a call 01513555017.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseum #Boating #LifesBetterByWater #EllesmerePort #Photography #Reflections

Its #NationalDogDay today and we love to welcome dogs at the museum. Has your dog been to the museum? Share your picture...
26/08/2020

Its #NationalDogDay today and we love to welcome dogs at the museum. Has your dog been to the museum? Share your pictures with us #DogFriendlyMuseum

Our shop may look at a little different at the moment but it is still stocked with lots of cards, books and gifts to cho...
25/08/2020

Our shop may look at a little different at the moment but it is still stocked with lots of cards, books and gifts to choose from for birthday presents and treats.

Museum entry is not essential but we just ask that you wear a mask when you enter our indoor areas.

The Canal & River Trust Explorers have put together activities for you to do at home as a family to support the five way...
24/08/2020

The Canal & River Trust Explorers have put together activities for you to do at home as a family to support the five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Use these activities to start conversations about wellbeing, keep children entertained and active whilst at home and spend quality time together as a family.

You can find out more here https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/learning-from-home/wellbeing

We'd love to see your canal crafts and origami creations. Share them with us and on the Explorers Facebook https://www.facebook.com/canalriverexplorers .

We hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Sitting where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal and th...
24/08/2020

We hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.
Sitting where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey, a visit to the transformed docks is a great day out.

We’re open Saturday to Wednesday at the moment 10.00am to 4.00pm. We hope to see you soon. #MuseumMonday

Written by the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, our shop sells a range of books on the local history inc...
21/08/2020

Written by the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, our shop sells a range of books on the local history including personal memories from the group.

#EllesmerePort #LocalHistory #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #MuseumShop #Museum

If you walk around the perimeter of the museum you can see lots of interesting things but one thing that stands out is a...
20/08/2020

If you walk around the perimeter of the museum you can see lots of interesting things but one thing that stands out is a 30ft tall, red brick hexagonal tower lighthouse with buildings attached. Originally used for guiding the ships from the River Mersey into the Shropshire Union Canal until the Manchester Ship Canal was built. What do you like to see when you're walking around the docks.

#ThrowbackThusday #Lighthouse #EllesmerePort #Docks #Cheshire #RiverMersey #ShropshireUnionCanal

We love this post from our sister museum in Gloucester 😆😷 which comes with an important message. Remember your mask when...
19/08/2020

We love this post from our sister museum in Gloucester 😆😷 which comes with an important message. Remember your mask when your visiting us. We’re open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Today is #MuseumMask Day. This image from the early 1900s shows a diver with a mask which has an inbuilt mobile telephone. You don't need to wear a mask like the diver. ⠀

The latest Government guidelines state that everybody over the age of 11 must wear a face covering when visiting a museum. Please wear a face covering during your visit to the National Waterways Museum Gloucester if you are able to do so. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that makes this impossible, you are of course also welcome.⠀

Open: Tues-Sat, 10am-3pm. We tell the story of the Gloucester docks and the surrounding waterways. Also open for light refreshments with indoor and outdoor seating. ⠀

#NationalWaterwaysMuseumGloucester #VisitGloucester #VisitEngland #GloucesterDocks #GoodToGo #CanalRiverTrust

Today is World Photography Day, the annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography....
19/08/2020

Today is World Photography Day, the annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. Here's one of our favourite photographs taken at the Easter Boat Gathering in 2019 of all the boats moored up for the weekend. Share your favourite photograph from your visit with us #WorldPhotographyDay #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EasterBoatGathering

18/08/2020

From the cafe area you’ll be able to look across and see Mossdale... So who is she?

Mossdale is one of the very few surviving vessels of their kind today. She is a wooden Mersey flat built of oak with pitch pine planking. We think she was first recorded as Ruby back in 1860. For over 40 years, Ruby operates for the Shropshire Union Canal and Railway Company.

In 1921 she was sold to Abel & Sons Ltd who registered her in 1923 under the name of Mossdale. She carried cargoes as diverse as flour, sugar, grain and iron, working on the Bridgewater Canal as far as Manchester and across the Mersey between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.

In 1971 we acquired the vessel as one of the last examples of a Mersey flat.

Now conserved and on display, you can find walk over round the site to her and find out more.

#MuseumMonday #Mossdale #ManchesterShipCanal #EllesmerePort #Liverpool #NationalWaterwaysMuseum

We’ve teamed up with Sport England to extend our Active Waterways project to Cheshire residents who live near our canals...
17/08/2020

We’ve teamed up with Sport England to extend our Active Waterways project to Cheshire residents who live near our canals and rivers who may have been inactive as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

For more information and to discuss any queries you may have please contact Sam on the number below 👇🏻 or visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/north-west/active-waterways

We love hearing from our visitors about their recent experiences at the museum and how good they've found our special sa...
17/08/2020

We love hearing from our visitors about their recent experiences at the museum and how good they've found our special safety measures but we especially enjoy receiving photographs like this 🐶 #DogFriendly #DogFriendlyDaysOut #DogFriendlyMuseum

Is it the weekend yet?Craftsmen worked long hours with few tea breaks. When they did get time for a cup of tea and a bit...
14/08/2020

Is it the weekend yet?

Craftsmen worked long hours with few tea breaks.

When they did get time for a cup of tea and a bite to eat, they’d gather here in the Mess Room, to share news and stories.

Have a look on your next visit. We’re open Saturday to Wednesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the moment. Some areas aren’t available just yet and we’re working on opening these as soon as we can.

#nationalwaterwaysmuseum #ellesmereport #cheshire #cheshiredaysout #slipway #manchestershipcanal #teabreak #craftsmen #factfriday #fridaymorning #museumtour #instagramtour #instagramtourist #touristofinstagram #museumtourism #wheretogothisweekend

Just outside the museum is the scenic Shropshire Union Canal. Spending time by water can help you feel healthier and hap...
13/08/2020

Just outside the museum is the scenic Shropshire Union Canal. Spending time by water can help you feel healthier and happier and you can walk along the canal from Ellesmere Port town and finish at the museum. Relax at the end with a drink or an ice cream in our cafe.

In the #ThrowbackThursday image this week you can see Powells Bridge in 1932 with the background looking a little different that it does today.

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is a lovely image taken on the Trent & Mersey at Great Haywood in 1910. #WaterwaysArchive...
30/07/2020

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is a lovely image taken on the Trent & Mersey at Great Haywood in 1910.

#WaterwaysArchive #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #Canal #TrentAndMerseyCanal

A few areas around the museum site will be unavailable for a while whilst we carefully wake up our collection and archiv...
27/07/2020
Visit the National Waterways Museum | Canal & River Trust

A few areas around the museum site will be unavailable for a while whilst we carefully wake up our collection and archive. This will be updated regularly. Please visit our website for more information when you're planning your trip. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum/visit-the-national-waterways-museum
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Welcome to the Canal & River Trust’s National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Together with our sister site in Gloucester, we are home to the nation’s designated collection of canal, river and waterways history.

History UK and EIRE
26/07/2020

History UK and EIRE

On this day 25th July 1795 The first stone of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was laid. The aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wrexham in north east Wales. It is a Grade I Listed Building, a World Heritage Site and is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.

Photo courtesy of unesco.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1303

Here's a good article about Pontcysyllte Aqueduct:

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/pontcysyllte_aqueduct/facts_and_figures.htm

If you're thinking about visiting, we've got lots of information about the safety measures we've put in place to make su...
24/07/2020
Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions | Canal & River Trust

If you're thinking about visiting, we've got lots of information about the safety measures we've put in place to make sure you have an enjoyable, safe day out. Watch our video https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum to find out more and read our frequently asked questions too.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions
We look forward to seeing you soon.

We are so excited to reopen the museum and can’t wait to welcome you back, but we will look a little different for a while.

Stepping back in time to 1906 along the Grand Union Canal for the #ThrowbackThursday this week. We’d love for you to sha...
23/07/2020

Stepping back in time to 1906 along the Grand Union Canal for the #ThrowbackThursday this week.

We’d love for you to share your #throwbackthursday #tbt pictures with us.

#throwbackthursday #tbt #nationalwaterwaysmuseum #waterwaysarchive

We’re ‘Good to Go’ and exciting to welcome you back. We’ve been working very hard to make sure our visitors feel safe wh...
21/07/2020

We’re ‘Good to Go’ and exciting to welcome you back.

We’ve been working very hard to make sure our visitors feel safe whilst enjoying a day out.

‘Good to Go’ is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism venue has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and social distancing.

For more details of our opening days and times please visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/nwm

#GoodToGo #UKTourism #Staycation2020 #MuseumOpen #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #VisitBritain #VisitEngland #Cheshire

20/07/2020
National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port re-opening

We are so excited to reopen the museum today but we will look a little different for a while.

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We continue to follow government guidance and are taking the appropriate action so that everyone who visits, works and volunteers in and around our museums and attractions can safely enjoy their day.

On arrival please try and park away from other cars and read the signs before entering to keep yourselves and others safe.

We hope we’ve answered all your questions in our FAQ document https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions but if there is anything else you would like to know before your visit, please do get in touch.

We can't wait to welcome you back.

Please note that we will remain closed on Thursdays and Fridays for now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3228bFzUW0#action=share

Continuing with the birthday theme for this week's #ThrowbackThursday, we've looked back through the digital archive for...
02/07/2020

Continuing with the birthday theme for this week's #ThrowbackThursday, we've looked back through the digital archive for an old photograph of the site. This one was taken in 1924.
#HappyBirthdayEllesmerePort #EllesmerePort #TheWaterwaysArchive #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #RiverMersey #ManchesterShipCanal #ShropshireUnionCanal #Liverpool

Happy Birthday Ellesmere Port!You might not know when the local town was born, or where it started. Well, Ellesmere Port...
01/07/2020

Happy Birthday Ellesmere Port!
You might not know when the local town was born, or where it started. Well, Ellesmere Port started right here where the museum is today, built close to a place called Netherpool, near the village of Whitby.
At first there was some confusion about its name. Was it called Whitby Wharf, Whitby Locks, Stanley House or something else?
Canal owners always called it Ellesmere Port, and celebrated its birthday when they opened it on 1st July 1795.

We are excited to announce that we will re-open in late July. We’re busy making preparations to make sure that when we r...
24/06/2020

We are excited to announce that we will re-open in late July.

We’re busy making preparations to make sure that when we re-open we are ready to do so safely, with the correct hygiene and social distancing measures in place to ensure that you, and our staff and volunteers are all safe.

More information on this is coming soon so please keep an eye on this page.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.

#Museum #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #Reopening.

The #ThrowbackThursday this week shows loaded short boats 'Calder' and 'Bacup' in Litherland on the Leeds and Liverpool ...
18/06/2020

The #ThrowbackThursday this week shows loaded short boats 'Calder' and 'Bacup' in Litherland on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

This photograph was taken between 1950 and 1960 from the side of the canal looking towards the stern of "Calder", you can just see the name written on the stern with "Liverpool" underneath. 'Bacup' can be seen in the distance. Both boats are moving away from the camera.

#Boats #Leeds #Liverpool #Canal #TheWaterwaysArchive #EllesmerePort #MuseumsFromHome #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #CanalHistory

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Ellesmere Port
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Ellesmere Port Railway Station is 15 minutes walk away and Ellesmere Port town centre is served by regular bus services.

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Today at the museum, the weather was a little 'changeable'! Lovely time had though........
Not happy with what I seen today at the edge of the boat museum. Two swans rummaging in rubbish mixed with pond weed. Surly that shouldn’t have been left there. Need someone to go clear it. There’s metal cans mixed in that lot. Not happy at all. Would have cleared it my self given half the chance.
Bradlee age 6 enjoyed using the crafts you put together for him x
National Waterways Museum ....... WHERE? Surely better to say 'National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port' .....?
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https://youtu.be/3xwq9uvuPxA Had a great visit last week and produced a vlog of it. Thanks. 😊
A day on a vintage boat ... on the K&A with Mabel the mini schnauzer 😍🤩👍🐶https://www.facebook.com/canalrivertrust/videos/724059831391518/?t=8
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2352259154821357&id=100001118856290 Keep your eyes peeled everyone. Let's get him home safely
Has anyone ever of the boat called providence my great granddad William hambridge lived and worked on it