National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port

Monday – Sunday 10am - 5pm (April to October)
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (5th November to end March)

About this Museum

Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, 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 around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers’ cottages.

There’s so much to explore, from the handsome Victorian buildings which house the museum’s fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats.

The museum boasts world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies.



South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW



Adult (16 & over) – £9.75
Concessions (60+, students) – £8.50
Child (6-15) – £6.00
Child (5 or under) – Free
Family (2 adult + 2 child) – £25.00



0151 355 5017

Visit info

Length of visit

Around 5 hours


Boat trips, guided tours and children’s activities all available at times throughout the year – check the website for details.


Café and gift shop


Photography is permitted across the site.


Disabled toilets available off reception and in the Island Warehouse exhibition area.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from M53/Junction 9. Parking is free on site

By train:

Nearest station is Ellesmere Port

Mooring Points:

Bridge 147a, Shropshire Union Canal

Nearest Venues