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Anderton Boat Lift

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Anderton Boat Lift
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“the river”(264 reviews)
The Anderton Boat Lift was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry...more
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Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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All reviews the river victorian engineering well worth a visit amazing piece of engineering falkirk wheel working order trent mersey canal souvenir shop country park car park industrial heritage nice cafe information centre small museum interesting visit sunny day plenty of parking
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Drove from the South Lakes for the Santa Cruise and it was so worth it! Great food in the cafe, staff were fantastic and the Santa Cruise was wonderful! Lovely Father Christmas and great, age-appropriate gift. Great visitors centre for all ages and Christmas crafys....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SarahTeggs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent an afternoon there and had a good time taken a walk on the trails around the area. We originally came to see the boat lift work but it is closed until next April. So we were going to take a boat ride but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeffgD9103BJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the short boat trip along the river Weaver from the boat lift. A short boat trip with excellent commentary was followed by afternoon tea in the marquee. There were plenty of cakes and a scone and a few sandwiches. Plenty of tea...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WhatNoBiscuits
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a repeat visit for myself and my husband as we had visied years ago and we weren't disappointed. The last time we visited was in summer but it was very busy and so this I suggested we go in me mid autumn, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank maggiehcarter7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Anderton Boat lift is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for ages. There is always the risk that it won’t live up to expectation. Not so here. It is a fascinating site. Entry to the exhibition centre and the grounds is free. There is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended the Remembrance Commemoration of 100 years since the end of WW1 today. Thousands of poppy petals allowed to fall from the top of the lift - also known as The Cathedral of The Canals. Two beautifully presented historic boats at the foot of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janwT2714TR
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Awestruck by the engineering to join a canal on one level to River down below, recommend the cruise and lift experience as you don't actually see much while in the lift due to high sides of the tank, Commentary was very informative but felt they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank backpackernot
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Free to go in to the centre. ( Cruise which includes going up/ down in the lift is extra) Exhibition is very good. Some interactive exhibits for young children. Nice grounds with gardens and picnic tables. Good viewing area with information signs. Nice nautically themed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PStadd
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

I signed on a beautifully sunny day. Went around the boat lift and then walked along the canal both ways - very enjoyable.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jilllian
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

I’ve always wanted to see the Anderton boat lift in action. Unfortunately when we turned up they were just about to close. That didn’t stop the people at the centre fleecing us for the full entrance fee even though we only just caught the end...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Tony P
21 February 2018|
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Response from onetwothreefourfives | Property representative |
There are wheelchairs to hire, we would suggest that you get a lift trip from the bottom of the lift to the top of the lift. Please call 01606786777
23 July 2017|
Response from Graham W | Property representative |
Hi, All of our attraction is accessible including our trip boat the Edwin Clark but if you have any more questions please do not hesitate in giving us a call.
23 July 2017|
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Response from Louise S | Reviewed this property |
Just in case it is not too late to answer, the boat was also very accessible and had two wheelchair passengers the day we used it. They have the kind of ramps you use at rail stations to get on the boat and also an internal... More