National Waterways Museum

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September, 2018

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If you have not visited what used to be called the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum for some time, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much has changed and improved.

The National Waterways Museum sits where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford it was the largest inland waterway dock complex. There is a large collection of historic boats and hands-on exhibitions with an interactive wall. There are volunteer guides in costume, who play the part of characters within this industrial heritage site. We enjoyed looking around the four Porters Row cottages set up as 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s.

Naturally we visited the cafe for tea and cakes before continuing our journey along the M53.


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