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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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Wonderful engineering, well worth a visit

This is a fantastic place to visit if you have any interest in history. Amazing to think it's been... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Glenn W
via mobile
Brilliant, however...

Can I just say that this is a fantastic trip out and that the actual history of it is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James F
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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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 yesterday via mobile

This is a fantastic place to visit if you have any interest in history. Amazing to think it's been there so long and there is no other similar lift in Britain and only a few in the world. The visitor centre is good and the...More

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Can I just say that this is a fantastic trip out and that the actual history of it is amazing. There are a few things that we picked up on. 1) don't bother with the boat trip just do the lift trip as the boat...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a lovely visit to the Boat Lift, very interesting and a nice little boat ride. You need to know that the walk from the car park to the lift is quite short but rather steep so if you have a wheelchair or a...More

Thank Jeanette D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived at the Anderton boat lift to sadly realise that no dogs are allowed, not even to walk around the wood land areas. We could however watch the boat when it got to the top of the lift and see passengers get on and...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had the pleasure of using the Anderson boat lift in May. It was our first time on a narrow boat and the lift looked daunting to say the least. However, the staff were execellent and the boating community were so supportive. The shop and...More

Thank kwj1702
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took wife and 3 grandkids to Anderton and everyone enjoyed the time. We went on the cruise and lift trip (total time @ 75 mins) and found it very interesting. I only asked for the lift trip but cashier wasn't concentrating and charged me for...More

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Anderton Boat Lift is one of those rare attractions. It actually has completely free admission. If you arrive by car it will cost you a couple of pounds to park for a few hours in the pay and display car park, but otherwise it...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 6 days ago

we took our Grandsons to see and experience the Boat Lift. Well worth the trip Would recommend the down Lift with Boat trip. The explanation during the experience was very good, explaining in laymans terms the key aspect of the whole operation from conception to...More

Thank Smudger160
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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
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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 Louise S | Reviewed this property |
Just in case it is not too late to answer, the boat was also very accessible and had two wheelchair passengers the day we used it. They have the kind of ramps you use at rail stations to get on the boat and also an internal... More
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

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