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National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
+44 151 355 5017
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Theatre - "Edith in the Dark"

Having experienced both the performance as an audience member and a lighting technician, I can say... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Emily S
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Excellent Xmas evebt

For the price of 10.00 per person, you were treated to a tour of the museum, a canal trip with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bryan P
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Enjoy a day out by the canal in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. There's so much to explore from the handsome Victorian buildings, which house the museum's fascinating displays, to the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. With world-class attractions and a year-round events calendar featuring everything from beer festivals to historic boat rallies, there's always a reason to visit.
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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having experienced both the performance as an audience member and a lighting technician, I can say whole heartedly, that this body is a credit to the museum. Engaging performances accompanied by Laura and T's warm welcomes makes you feel so very comfortable in the boat...More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the price of 10.00 per person, you were treated to a tour of the museum, a canal trip with Santa, a visit to the grotto, entertainment and an all round excellent day out. For the price this was fantastic.

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NWMEP, Guest Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We’re very happy that you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to see this production on sunday night, the acting was excellent and the tech team was ace and I'm looking forward to other projects

1  Thank Ryan D
NWMEP, Guest Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed Edith in the Dark. Look out for more productions taking place at the museum throughout 2018.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed a recent performance of "EDITH IN THE DARK " CHALICE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS produced this excellent play by Phillip Meeks. Inspired by the darker short stories of Edith Nesbit, better known as a children's author. The three woman cast were AMAZING in their...More

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NWMEP, Guest Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We’re delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 28 November 2017

When I think that you can go round the Natural History Museum for free, then being charged £9.50 for this museum is extortionate. The layout is poor insofar as you get guided through some outbuildings with not much to hold the interest before you get...More

Thank Michael T
NWMEP, Guest Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that you did not feel that you received value for money. Unfortunately, not all museums are funded by government and this is why museums such as ours charge an entrance fee. Whilst we do charge for entry,...More

Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a brilliant visit to this first class canal museum. We arrived about 11:00 and still had not seen all we wanted to by 14:45, when we had to leave. The extensive outdoor museum area comprises of former workshops which have...More

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NWMEP, Guest Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We’re very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 11 November 2017

This museum is spread over several buildings as well as having canal boats to go on. We were surprised at the tiny space for a family to live compared to the size of the boat. The museum is very good with different buildings showing how...More

Thank donnison44
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We visited here after lunch and after a visit elsewhere . A large place, lovely setting , very informative, lots of different parts to it showing the history . A trip on a canal boat too also showing and telling the local history . Lovely...More

Thank EJC77
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

My husband has visited before but it is the first time we have been together. We booked a 30 minute trip on the boat this proved to be very interesting. There are some great exhibits and the venue is well laid put. Don't miss the...More

Thank Lynda G
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Visited recently on a visit to Chester on a very rainy day but it is a very interesting and historical site. A good cafe and a great trip up the canal. Guides are great. A lot to see and worth a visit.

Thank David H
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WellingtonTim
22 September 2017|
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Hello Yes dogs are welcome across the site. Thank you Michelle
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TeamMoorhouse
16 June 2017|
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So sorry for the late reply. At the moment you can purchase boat trip tickets on arrival but we're working on online bookings. Hope the reply is not too late or if it is I hope you had a good day out. Michelle
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Mandy L
9 April 2017|
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There is a restaurant located just around the corner called The Galley. More information can be found by searching 'The Galley Ellesmere Port (sorry, I cannot add links in my response) We look forward to welcoming you in... More
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