Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse

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The Salt Museum works to conserve and promote the history of the Cheshire salt industry and the communities of the Cheshire salt towns. Roughly 200 million years ago, in the Triassic era vast, salt deposits were laid down under what is now the county of Cheshire in England. Since before Roman times people have been extracting and trading this salt - an activity which has had an incalculable effect on the region's history and development. Even today Cheshire is the only place in Britain where salt is produced on a large scale.

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Opening hours

Tues-Fri & bank holiday Mondays & Mondays in school hols, 1000-1700 (1000-1600 in Nov & Dec)
Sat & Sun 1400-1700 (1300-1600 in Nov & Dec).

Closed: 24 - 26 December, 1 January

Admission charges

Adults: £2.50
Child: £1.30
Family (2+2): £6.00
Concessions: £2.00


  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

There is a free car park adjacent to the museum and parking space for two coaches.

The museum has an adjoining garden area with seating, and the River Weaver is just a few minutes walk away. Tourist information on the locality (including the Anderton Boat Lift and the Lion SaltWorks) is available at the museum.

Through original artefacts, models, re-constructions, old photographs, paintings and interactive exhibits Weaver Hall Museum, housed in the old Northwich Workhouse, tells the story of the mid Cheshire area. Students and local history researchers are welcome to make use of a range of resource material by appointment. The museum library has an extensive range of publications on the history of the salt industry in Cheshire, elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Large scale 19th century Ordnance Survey maps of central Cheshire can be consulted as well as a photographic archive of over 4,000 images. Other available material includes a collection of oral history recordings.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Archives, Archaeology

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse
162 London Road






01606 271640


01606 350420

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