National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port looks after one of the greatest collections of historic boats in the world. Your ticket now allows you to return as many times as you like during the year.
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The museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. 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 As

The museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. 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 As

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Dogs have been boaters' companions for many years and they can accompany you on your day out at the museum as all areas ...
26/06/2021

Dogs have been boaters' companions for many years and they can accompany you on your day out at the museum as all areas are dog friendly.

Read more about four-legged canines from our archives here too https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/features/dogs-on-boats-from-the-archive #NWM45 #CanalTown

Dogs have been boaters' companions for many years and they can accompany you on your day out at the museum as all areas are dog friendly.

Read more about four-legged canines from our archives here too https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/features/dogs-on-boats-from-the-archive #NWM45 #CanalTown

Join us for Canal Town every Sunday and step back in time to the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s in Porters Row. Check out...
25/06/2021

Join us for Canal Town every Sunday and step back in time to the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s in Porters Row. Check out the decor of its time and meet some of the residents and play with traditional games.

Open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

#CanalTown #NWM45 #EllesmerePort

Join us for Canal Town every Sunday and step back in time to the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s in Porters Row. Check out the decor of its time and meet some of the residents and play with traditional games.

Open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

#CanalTown #NWM45 #EllesmerePort

Today is #ThrowbackThursday but yesterday was International Women in Engineering Day and this made us think about the wo...
24/06/2021

Today is #ThrowbackThursday but yesterday was International Women in Engineering Day and this made us think about the women who, during the second world war, volunteered as part of their national service to work on the waterways. The only requisite for the job being that they had to be of “robust” constitution.

Find out more about the Idle Women at Idle Women - the land girls of the waterways https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-history/war-on-the-waterways/idle-women-the-land-girls-of-the-waterways and see more photographs through our Online Archives page The Waterways Archive | Canal & River Trust https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum/the-waterways-archive

#ThrowbackThursday #InternationalWomeninEngineering

Today is #ThrowbackThursday but yesterday was International Women in Engineering Day and this made us think about the women who, during the second world war, volunteered as part of their national service to work on the waterways. The only requisite for the job being that they had to be of “robust” constitution.

Find out more about the Idle Women at Idle Women - the land girls of the waterways https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-history/war-on-the-waterways/idle-women-the-land-girls-of-the-waterways and see more photographs through our Online Archives page The Waterways Archive | Canal & River Trust https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/national-waterways-museum/the-waterways-archive

#ThrowbackThursday #InternationalWomeninEngineering

Visit our photography exhibition and travel around the country to see the works of our Photographer in Residence - Jonat...
22/06/2021
Jonathan Goldberg Photography Exhibition | Canal & River Trust

Visit our photography exhibition and travel around the country to see the works of our Photographer in Residence - Jonathan Goldberg. On display in the Island Warehouse until August.

Jonathan Goldberg was selected as the Resident Photographer with the Canal & River Trust in 2019 and we are delighted to be displaying some of his collection at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port.

22/06/2021

Step back in time and experience what it was really like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds from when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.

Do you know which cottage at Porters Row this is?

Join us on Sundays for tours, stories, street games and lots more…

##NWM45

21/06/2021
Ellesmere Port as a Canal Town

Experience what it was like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds of the late 19th century when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.

Stroll across the seven-acre site through a landscape of Victorian buildings of docks, locks, cottages and enjoy family friendly activities, guided walks, street games, family history and more…

Starting on 27 June, you can visit Canal Town every Sunday throughout the summer.

Happy Father's Day everyone, we hope you're having a good day.
20/06/2021

Happy Father's Day everyone, we hope you're having a good day.

Happy Father's Day everyone, we hope you're having a good day.

The weather looks lovely today. How are you spending your day? We're open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Explore our 7 acres si...
19/06/2021

The weather looks lovely today. How are you spending your day? We're open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Explore our 7 acres site and see the locks, docks, cottages and canal basin and let younger visitors have fun on our brand new play area.
#EllesmerePort #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #NewPlayArea

The weather looks lovely today. How are you spending your day? We're open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Explore our 7 acres site and see the locks, docks, cottages and canal basin and let younger visitors have fun on our brand new play area.
#EllesmerePort #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #NewPlayArea

We asked our Photographer in Residence Jonathan Goldberg to share some of his work with us at the museum and it is a ple...
18/06/2021

We asked our Photographer in Residence Jonathan Goldberg to share some of his work with us at the museum and it is a pleasure to share his collection with you. Once you have visited the gallery take a postcard and tell us how you use the canal in your everyday life.
Open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

#PhotographerInResidence #Exhibition #Photographs #Gallery #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #Ellesmere Port

We asked our Photographer in Residence Jonathan Goldberg to share some of his work with us at the museum and it is a pleasure to share his collection with you. Once you have visited the gallery take a postcard and tell us how you use the canal in your everyday life.
Open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

#PhotographerInResidence #Exhibition #Photographs #Gallery #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #Ellesmere Port

Two hundred years ago the Aire & Calder Navigation introduced flyboats from Leeds to Selby.  Flyboats were narrowboats w...
17/06/2021

Two hundred years ago the Aire & Calder Navigation introduced flyboats from Leeds to Selby. Flyboats were narrowboats which worked all day and all night on the English canal system without mooring. They ran to timetables so that deliveries could be assured. The ones pictured here are a Canal Transport Limited short fly boat pair (Numbers 352 and 338) on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Saturn, a regular visitor to the museum is also a flyboat and Ellesmere Port was the hub of the Shropshire Union’s operation.
Canal Fly-boat Saturn saturnflyboat.org.uk

More photos of flyboats can be found through our Online Archives page The Waterways Archive | Canal & River Trust (canalrivertrust.org.uk)

Two hundred years ago the Aire & Calder Navigation introduced flyboats from Leeds to Selby. Flyboats were narrowboats which worked all day and all night on the English canal system without mooring. They ran to timetables so that deliveries could be assured. The ones pictured here are a Canal Transport Limited short fly boat pair (Numbers 352 and 338) on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Saturn, a regular visitor to the museum is also a flyboat and Ellesmere Port was the hub of the Shropshire Union’s operation.
Canal Fly-boat Saturn saturnflyboat.org.uk

More photos of flyboats can be found through our Online Archives page The Waterways Archive | Canal & River Trust (canalrivertrust.org.uk)

Spending time by water can help you feel happier and healthier. Have a look at this wondeful picture taken outside the W...
16/06/2021

Spending time by water can help you feel happier and healthier. Have a look at this wondeful picture taken outside the Waterside Cafe by one of our team.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #Swans #Canals #CanalRiverTrust #CanalAndRiverTrust #LifesBetterByWater #LoveNature #LoveWildlife

Spending time by water can help you feel happier and healthier. Have a look at this wondeful picture taken outside the Waterside Cafe by one of our team.

#NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort #Swans #Canals #CanalRiverTrust #CanalAndRiverTrust #LifesBetterByWater #LoveNature #LoveWildlife

We had a wonderful weekend hosting #AND21 and now WetLab is off to another canal location. You can keep in touch with th...
15/06/2021

We had a wonderful weekend hosting #AND21 and now WetLab is off to another canal location. You can keep in touch with the festival here https://www.andfestival.org.uk/

We had a wonderful weekend hosting #AND21 and now WetLab is off to another canal location. You can keep in touch with the festival here https://www.andfestival.org.uk/

Today is the third and final day of the Abandon Normal Devices Festival at the museum and the last day of the National L...
13/06/2021
WetLab | Canal & River Trust

Today is the third and final day of the Abandon Normal Devices Festival at the museum and the last day of the National Lottery Open Week.

You can visit the Wetlab and enjoy the museum site for free if you show a lottery ticket or scratch card on arrival.

Click the link for information https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-11-wetlab

WetLab by public works + Assembly is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Wigan Council. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Happy Birthday to us! We are 45 years old this weekend.  In the 1970s, a group of committed volunteers came together to ...
12/06/2021

Happy Birthday to us! We are 45 years old this weekend.

In the 1970s, a group of committed volunteers came together to save the museum and some of the wonderful team still volunteer with us today. https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/themes/national-waterways-museum-40th-anniversary

45 years on we are the National Waterways Museum and to celebrate we are inviting you on Sundays throughout the Summer to come and experience what it was like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds of the late 19th century when Ellesmere Port was a canal town. Stroll across the seven-acre site through a landscape of Victorian buildings of docks, locks, stables, cottages and enjoy family friendly activities, guided tours, storytelling, street games, family history and more!

Your annual pass will allow you to return for free. Keep an eye on the website for more information on whats's happeneing on each day.

#NWM45 #EllesmerePort #CanalTown #NationalWaterwaysMuseum

Happy Birthday to us! We are 45 years old this weekend.

In the 1970s, a group of committed volunteers came together to save the museum and some of the wonderful team still volunteer with us today. https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/themes/national-waterways-museum-40th-anniversary

45 years on we are the National Waterways Museum and to celebrate we are inviting you on Sundays throughout the Summer to come and experience what it was like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds of the late 19th century when Ellesmere Port was a canal town. Stroll across the seven-acre site through a landscape of Victorian buildings of docks, locks, stables, cottages and enjoy family friendly activities, guided tours, storytelling, street games, family history and more!

Your annual pass will allow you to return for free. Keep an eye on the website for more information on whats's happeneing on each day.

#NWM45 #EllesmerePort #CanalTown #NationalWaterwaysMuseum

The floating lab is open to visitors until Sunday. There’s lots of workshops and interesting activities to get involved ...
11/06/2021
WetLab | Canal & River Trust

The floating lab is open to visitors until Sunday. There’s lots of workshops and interesting activities to get involved in and if you show a lottery ticket (or scratch card) this weekend you can get in for free https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-11-wetlab

WetLab by public works + Assembly is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Wigan Council. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Exciting things happening on site today with a floating platform being build ready for the AND Festival this weekend. Cl...
09/06/2021

Exciting things happening on site today with a floating platform being build ready for the AND Festival this weekend.
Click on the link to find out more....

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-11-wetlab-public-works-assembly

This is taking place at the same time as the National Lottery Open Week and you can visit for free if you show a lottery ticket or scratch card.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-05-national-lottery-open-week

We're open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Exciting things happening on site today with a floating platform being build ready for the AND Festival this weekend.
Click on the link to find out more....

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-11-wetlab-public-works-assembly

This is taking place at the same time as the National Lottery Open Week and you can visit for free if you show a lottery ticket or scratch card.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-05-national-lottery-open-week

We're open Thursday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

During National Lottery Open Week you can visit for free with any lottery ticket or scratch card (new or old). There are...
06/06/2021
WetLab \\ public works + Assembly | Canal & River Trust

During National Lottery Open Week you can visit for free with any lottery ticket or scratch card (new or old). There are so many things to see and do for all the family including the floating laboratory which is on from 11-13 June.

For more information on WetLab:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-11-wetlab-public-works-assembly and to check on the National Lottery Open Week https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-05-national-lottery-open-week

WetLab by public works + Assembly is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Wigan Council. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Did you know that the museum was used as a film location for series 2 of Peaky Blinders. Walk over the bridge the appear...
06/06/2021

Did you know that the museum was used as a film location for series 2 of Peaky Blinders. Walk over the bridge the appeared in the programme on your next visit to access the Island Warehouse Exhibition area.
On your way out, browse the gift shop for popular merchandise from the series.

Did you know that the museum was used as a film location for series 2 of Peaky Blinders. Walk over the bridge the appeared in the programme on your next visit to access the Island Warehouse Exhibition area.
On your way out, browse the gift shop for popular merchandise from the series.

Will you be one of our first 'Lottery' visitors each morning over the next week? If so, you'll be presented with a Goodi...
04/06/2021

Will you be one of our first 'Lottery' visitors each morning over the next week? If so, you'll be presented with a Goodie Bag filled with some Canal & River Trust goodies, as well as a 20% discount voucher to spend in the Coffee Shop at Anderton Boat Lift.

We're so pleased to be taking part in the National Lottery Open Week and saying #ThanksToYou for playing the lottery and your support in making some of the work we do possible.

All you need to do is present us with a lottery ticket / scratchcard.

Dates - 5, 6 and 10-13 June.
Times - 10.00am to 4.00pm

#NationalLotteryOpenWeek #NationalLottery #Discount #Voucher #DogFriendly #SoMuchToSee

Will you be one of our first 'Lottery' visitors each morning over the next week? If so, you'll be presented with a Goodie Bag filled with some Canal & River Trust goodies, as well as a 20% discount voucher to spend in the Coffee Shop at Anderton Boat Lift.

We're so pleased to be taking part in the National Lottery Open Week and saying #ThanksToYou for playing the lottery and your support in making some of the work we do possible.

All you need to do is present us with a lottery ticket / scratchcard.

Dates - 5, 6 and 10-13 June.
Times - 10.00am to 4.00pm

#NationalLotteryOpenWeek #NationalLottery #Discount #Voucher #DogFriendly #SoMuchToSee

We're delighted to be able to showcase the photography collection by Jonathan Goldberg at the museum. Jonathan was selec...
04/06/2021
Jonathan Goldberg Photography Exhibition | Canal & River Trust

We're delighted to be able to showcase the photography collection by Jonathan Goldberg at the museum. Jonathan was selected as the Resident Photographer for the Canal & River Trust and travelled around our beautiful network. Come and check out his work on display until August. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday at the moment.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-04-jonathan-goldberg-photography-exhibition

Jonathan Goldberg was selected as the Resident Photographer with the Canal and River Trust in 2019 and we are delighted to be displaying some of his collection at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port.

We're running lock demonstrations today. Ask at reception on arrival for more information and don't forget to check out ...
03/06/2021

We're running lock demonstrations today. Ask at reception on arrival for more information and don't forget to check out our new play area whilst you're visiting.
Your entry ticket will allow you to return as many times as you like throughout the year.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-03-half-term-family-lock-demonstrations

We're running lock demonstrations today. Ask at reception on arrival for more information and don't forget to check out our new play area whilst you're visiting.
Your entry ticket will allow you to return as many times as you like throughout the year.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2021-06-03-half-term-family-lock-demonstrations

It's National Volunteers' Week and it's the perfect opportunity to say a huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunte...
01/06/2021

It's National Volunteers' Week and it's the perfect opportunity to say a huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers. This years it's extra special as we celebrate 45 years at the museum. None of it would have been possible without them as they saved the site back in the 1970s. You can find out more in our 'Making of the Museum' Exhibition in The Hub at the museum where you'll also find our second hand bookshop. Pictured here are a few of them enjoying their Sunday picnic lunch during a work party... some of them are still part of the team today.

#NWM45 #NationalVolunteersWeek #Volunteers #Volunteer
#Exhibition #Museum #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort

It's National Volunteers' Week and it's the perfect opportunity to say a huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers. This years it's extra special as we celebrate 45 years at the museum. None of it would have been possible without them as they saved the site back in the 1970s. You can find out more in our 'Making of the Museum' Exhibition in The Hub at the museum where you'll also find our second hand bookshop. Pictured here are a few of them enjoying their Sunday picnic lunch during a work party... some of them are still part of the team today.

#NWM45 #NationalVolunteersWeek #Volunteers #Volunteer
#Exhibition #Museum #NationalWaterwaysMuseum #EllesmerePort

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South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

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

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Are dogs allowed please?
Great to be back and welcoming the public again, shame about the weather, still, there's always tomorrow, and the next day, and the next etc !!!
I recently moored in your museum and made a vlog about it if you want to share it...
hello my name is Ryan Claridge i hope you are doing ok and keeping safe May I wish you a very happy new year i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address to contact the official National Waterways Museum merchandise store also i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events company and management company who are promoting directing and producing , National Waterways Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact National Waterways Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2021 and 2022 shows and events for National Waterways Museum be ready and released also what shows and events will National Waterways Museum take part in throughout 2021 and 2022 Any way you can help answer my questions regarding these queries please would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
Hello everyone! I recorded this vlog on Sunday and thought you might wish to share it with your friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV4Q9AnNZsw
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 w**d. 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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