Great Day Out - Voyage of Discovery at Anderton Boat Lift

The mighty Anderton Boat Lift, known as Cheshire's 'Cathedral of the Canals' is an iconic attraction and a great, family-friendly day out. Built in 1875, it was the world's first ever successful boat lift, designed to bridge the 50 feet gap between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. An engineering masterpiece, not only does it still do the job it was designed to do, but it does so with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system today.

Visitors to the boat lift can enjoy FREE access to the fun and interactive visitor centre, tree-top coffee shop overlooking the lift and gift shop packed with interesting and unusual gifts/souvenirs. However, if you really want to experience Anderton Boat Lift in all its glory, take a boat trip up and down the lift (the short one - 30 minutes) or through the lift and along the River Weaver (the long one - 75 minutes). For the intrepid among you, there is also an opportunity to access the very top of the workings. But do you dare embark upon the thrilling ‘Top of the World Tour’?

The Coffee Shop is newly renovated serving fresh coffee, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis, cakes and snacks. Outside there are various locations to have a picnic, both on site and in the Northwich Community Woodlands nearby.

Entrance fee: Access is FREE to the visitor centre and coffee shop, but there’s a small charge for the car park. Lift and river trips start at £8.25 for adults and £6.25 for children. Family tickets are available (two adults and two children or one adult and three children).

Opening Times: During some winter months the visitor centre is only open at weekends. To properly plan your visit we suggest you consult their website for further specific information and opening times:

Accessibility: All areas accessible to disabled visitors. Facilities for hearing impaired visitors. Guide dogs permitted. Parking areas for disabled visitors. Ramp/level access. Toilets for disabled visitors.

Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6FW
Tel: 01606 786 777, email:

Victoria Lee