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Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6FW • (01606) 786777
Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich
Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich

Winner of large Visitor attraction of the year 2018, The Anderton Boat Lift has earnt its nickname of Cathedral of the Canals for a very good reason. It can still do the job it was designed to do of lifting boats and barges the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

One of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways', it does its job with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system. Take a ride on the glass sided boat 'The Edwin Clark', named after the engineer who designed and constructed this clever bit of Victorian machinery. Or the Top of the World tour offers the intrepid among you a unique opportunity – to access the very top of the workings.

Admission to the site and Visitor Centre is free. Charges apply for boat trips and tours.

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Free Entry, Light Refreshments Available, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

April to October: 9.30am-4pm (5.30pm peak days) daily; November to March: 9.30am-4pm Saturday and Sunday only. Boat trips operate April to October, see the website for full details.


Advance booking is not required.


Located east of Chester on the outskirts of Northwich, off Marbury Road.

Getting There:

National Rail Northwich railway station: Limited bus service or 40 minutes walk via Carey Park and Anderton Nature Park.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

Go up in the world with our masterpiece of Victorian engineering - and fantastic family day out that is the Anderton Boat Lift.

Anderton Boat Lift, NorthwichAnderton Boat Lift, Northwich
Anderton Boat Lift, NorthwichAnderton Boat Lift, Northwich
Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6FW • (01606) 786777

Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020

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