National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW




0151 355 5017


0151 355 4079

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At the National Waterways museum at Ellesmere Port we bring Britain's canal history back to life. Come and explore the exhibitions in the historic dock complex and experience life aboard our collection of canal and river craft.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Daily 10.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

Adults £6.50, Concessions £5.50, Children (4 - 16) £4.50, Under 5s free. Annual pass available.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This collection includes objects painted by boatmen, costumes worn by boating families, waterways souvenirs, along with photographic and archive material – The British Waterways Archive is included within this award for Designation.

The collection includes over 5,000 objects ranging from large boats to canal company buttons. They all help us to tell the story of canals and the people who worked on them. Many of the objects are on display at the museum whilst the rest are kept in store in our reserve collection.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Maritime, Land Transport, Inland Waterways, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Ellesmere Port “Then and Now” Exhibition

  • 5 March — 29 April 2014 *on now

An exhibition looking at the history of Ellesmere Port.

Rob Pointon Painting Exhibition

  • 5 March — 29 April 2014 *on now

A wide and varied collection including some of Rob's Year of the Boat paintings together with other work.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Sociable Crochet

  • 20 — 22 April 2014 *on now
  • 29 April 2014 10am-12pm

Using very large hooks and thick yarn to make a rug which will grow rapidly. It will be easy for anyone, whether they are experienced or have never held a hook, to participate.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Creative Writing with Laura Harris

  • 24 April 2014 1-3pm

Creative Writing with Laura Harris – free sessions.


To register interest contact Museum by visiting reception or calling 0151 355 5017

Sea Shanty Festival

  • 18 — 20 April 2014 *on now

Sea Shanty Festival at Ellesmere Port.

Waterways Craft Group

  • 18 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Waterways Craft Group at Ellesmere Port.

Easter Boat Gathering

  • 18 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Easter Boat Gathering at Ellesmere Port.