Lion Salt Works


Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm)
Closed on Monday

About this Museum

The Lion Salt Works offers a fascinating journey through the life of the country’s last open-pan salt making site. This £10.23 million project, which opened in June 2015, is in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, and close to Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse and the historic Anderton Boat Lift.

When exploring the site and its restored buildings, you will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape. A visit will also set the scene for a wider exploration of the footpaths, waterways and attractions of the adjacent Northwich Woodlands (a 350 hectare area of vibrant and accessible parkland) and the wider Weaver Valley including the Anderton Boat Lift.



Ollershaw Lane
Marston, Northwich
Cheshire, CW9 6ES



Adult (age 16-59) £7.30
Concession (age 60+) £6.50
Adult Annual Pass £18.80 valid for 12 months from date of issue

Children (age 0-15) go free




01606 275 066

Visit info

Length of visit

1 hour to full day


Regular programme of talks, hands-on sessions, temporary exhibitions, and activities for adults and families.

Theatre and comedy performances – see website for details.


Café and gift shop
Outdoor play area and butterfly garden
Conference and function facilities available for meetings and events.


This is a partially-restored industrial site so there may be uneven floors and low head heights. The museum is fully accessible with disabled parking bays, disabled toilets, a hearing loop and lift access to first floor.


Permitted across the site

Getting there
By car:

On the B5075. Follow signs from Northwich town centre.
Free car parking is available on site.

By train:

Nearest station is Northwich

Mooring points:

Adjacent to Lion Salt Works on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Nearest Venues