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Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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2017 UK visit

The only disappointment for us was that WE got there too late in the day to do the ride. The whole... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hervey Bay, Australia
You have to admire the Victorians

Called to see the boat lift yesterday, why we have not been sooner we do not know. Fantastic piece... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dave W
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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 boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again. No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002. The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.
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Anderton Boat Lift Operations Centre Lift Lane | Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW, England
+44 1606 786777
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The only disappointment for us was that WE got there too late in the day to do the ride. The whole attraction is very well done and we just loved watching the boats go through this fantastic exhibit.

Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Called to see the boat lift yesterday, why we have not been sooner we do not know. Fantastic piece of Victorian engineering and wonderful that it was restored and is still in use. We saw it in operation and as we did not have a...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are in the area and your interested in engineering or boats it's well worth the visit, with a trip on the lift and short trip down the river. Bare in mind you only get to go up or down on the lift.

Thank David E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a trip I had wanted to make since the boatlift reopened. I was not disappointed the boat ride along the River was great and the gents on board entertaining and very informative. The only thing is other visitors on board for a chat...More

Thank DDRED2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really recommend a visit to Anderton Boat Lift - many years ago, under BWB it's very existence was threatened, but fortunately the campaigners won the battle to get it restored and working. We stopped off here on the way up to Liverpool. The visitor...More

Thank JohnT-Hemel
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not heard of this before my visit, i had always assumed locks were the only way to travel levels for boats. Watching this left boats was quite amazing

Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with my 10 year old son as a last minute trip. We paid £22 for a boat trip and to go in the boat lift, very interesting and good value for money as we was on the boat for approximately 1.5 hours. There...More

1  Thank Lydia A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although its advertised as free to enter that isn't entirely true as you have to pay to go in the car park. The attraction is deliberately fenced off so you have to pay just to see the side elevation of the lift. I was there...More

Thank alanplayle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to the Victorian mechanical engineers and the efforts of many volunteers in more recent years,the Canal & River Trust, and British Waterways this superb piece of structural engineering lives on. From arrival, with reasonable parking £3 all day, a short walk to reception(advise booking...More

Thank Fermentingtom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have always wanted to visit and so did on a return trip from Liverpool. Boat lift and 30 minute river tour £34.50. Two adults and two children. Good value. Guides very knowledgable and friendly. Exhibition good and cafe serves tasty well priced food. Country park...More

Thank Nic4211
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Questions & Answers
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 Bernadette187069 | Reviewed this property |
Very there are level footways, with bridge access points and a lift from the entrance level down to garden/canal level. A all inclusive venue whatever your abilities of disability.
29 August 2016|
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Response from CheshireScrib | Reviewed this property |
We went on Bank Holiday Monday....we had a wonderful time...as in Trip adviser report.......cheshireScrib