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The Boat Museum – The Waterways Trust

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

The Boat Museum - The Waterways Trust

At The Boat Museum in 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.


We have a Designated Collection of National Importance which 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.


The Boat Museum has the world's largest collection of traditional canal craft. You can step on board most of the boats during a visit to the museum and get an idea of what life must have been like inside a small narrowboat cabin.


The Boat Museum Society exists to secure the preservation and authentic presentation of a representative collection of historic inland waterways craft and associated artefacts, and in assisting and encouraging like-minded individuals and organisations.


Who is this aimed at?

Everyone is welcome



Every day



10am to 4pm



South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire


How to get involved

Please turn up there is no need to book


Contact details

Phone: 0151 355 5017



For further information

For more information about the Boat Museum search Boat Museum in this directory.


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