Lion Salt Works

photograph of a steaming salt-pan simulation at Lion Salt Works
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The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, close to Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, and the historic Anderton Boat Lift.
This £10.23 million project opened in June 2015 offering a fascinating journey through the life of the country’s last open-pan salt making site.

When exploring the site and its restored buildings, you will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape. A visit will also set the scene for a wider exploration of the footpaths, waterways and attractions of the adjacent Northwich Woodlands (a 350 hectare area of vibrant and accessible parkland) and the wider Weaver Valley including the Anderton Boat Lift.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Opening times February to October:
Museum open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am—5pm, last admission 4pm.

Opening times November to January:
Museum open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am—4pm, last admission 3pm.

Closed all Mondays except bank holiday Mondays.

Admission charges

Adult £6.25
Concession £5.50
Child £4
Family 2 adults + 2 children £16.40
Family 1 adult + 3 children £14.60
Concession Family 2 adults + 2 children £15.20
Concession Family 1 adult + 3 children £14

Adult Annual Pass £18 valid for 12 months from date of issue
Family Annual Pass (2 + 2 or 1 + 3) £50 valid for 12 months from date of issue

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Industry, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • History of salt production by the ancient method of open pan evaporation.

Lion Salt Works
Ollershaw Lane

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01606 41823


01606 41823

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