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National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. With its delightful waterside setting,...

Anderson Boats

Anderson Boats

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Waterways

In the age of the Industrial Revolution, a significant canal network was built in Chester and Cheshire in order to transport raw materials. Today, the waterways provide a great venue for holiday-makers, anglers, walkers and many more.

There are many ways for you to enjoy the Cheshire Waterways. Perhaps a great place to start would be the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, where the history of the canals is brought to life and there is the opportunity to look at barges and even go for a boat ride.

If you are interested in learning more still about the history behind the Cheshire waterways, the Anderton Boat Lift - Visitor Centre is a fascinating interactive exhibition that explains the history of the Anderton Boat Life and its unique place in waterways history.

Hiring a barge and cruising through the Cheshire canal system yourself is an increasing popular activity and several companies are now offering barges to hire, including Anglo Welsh Waterways Holidays and Heritage Narrowboats.

If you prefer to explore the canals on foot, Middlewhich Waterside Trail is one tow-path that allows you to follow the course of the canal for 3.4 miles.

Discover the weird and wonderful collection of bridges and locks along the Macclesfield Canal. Take a relaxing cruise along the canal and uncover the fascinating industrial heritage of the Macclesfield area.

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  1. Add Anderton Boat Lift - Visitor Centre to your Itinerary

    Anderton Boat Lift - Visitor Centre

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    Boat Trip

    Northwich

    The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider.

  2. Add National Waterways Museum - Boat Trip to your Itinerary

    National Waterways Museum - Boat Trip

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    Boat Trip

    Ellesmere Port

    Visitors to the National Waterways Museum can take a trip up and down the Shropshire Union Canal.

  3. Add Anderton Boat Lift - Boat Trips to your Itinerary

    Anderton Boat Lift - Boat Trips

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    Boat Trip

    Northwich

    Board the Edwin Clark trip boat, sit back and enjoy the unique experience of being transported 50 feet between two waterways.

  4. Add Heritage Narrowboats to your Itinerary

    Heritage Narrowboats

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    Boat Trip

    Scholar Green

    Why not hire a dayboat for the day to meander the local canals?

  5. Add Mill Hotel Cruises to your Itinerary

    Mill Hotel Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Chester

    Choose from Casino Royale, High Tea, Queen Mary cruises.

  6. Add Chester Day Boat Hire to your Itinerary

    Chester Day Boat Hire

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    Boat Trip

    Christleton, Chester

    Come on board and spend the day cruising the Shropshire Union Canal from Christleton to Beeston near Chester in our superb DayDreamer narrowboat. With easy to operate controls, this day hire...

  7. Add ChesterBoat - River Cruises to your Itinerary

    ChesterBoat - River Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Chester

    The very best way to appreciate the beauty and character of this ancient city.

  8. Add Ironbridge 2 hour Cruise to your Itinerary

    Ironbridge 2 hour Cruise

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    Boat Trip

    Chester

    Through 'Eaton Estate', home of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. This cruise is quite superb, an extension of our city cruise up the river past Heron Bridge and Eccleston Ferry, meandering around...

  9. Add Dunstorrin Luxury Cruises to your Itinerary

    Dunstorrin Luxury Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Church Minshull

    Luxury 58ft Narrowboat offering all-inclusive skippered cruises on the Shropshire Union Canal.

  10. Add Canal Cruising Co Ltd to your Itinerary

    Canal Cruising Co Ltd

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    Boat

    Cheshire

    Welcome to Canal Cruising: the boat hire company that has been operating longer than any other on the canals. In fact, well over 60 years.