Anderton Boat Lift,
It 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.
Anderton Boat Lift provides children with a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to travel on a Victorian boat lift. It also supplies a superb location from which to conduct a local study, observe wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways, outside of the classroom environment.
An education visit manager, wet weather location for lunch and bag storage, toilets, disabled access, café and shop all help to ensure your day runs smoothly; making Anderton Boat Lift a great place to bring your class.
The children can observe the boat lift working up close, on a guided boat lift trip and an additional river trip is available to extend your time spent aboard.
The fully accessible Operations Centre boasts a two storey facility with cafe area for that much needed 'rest bite'. The welcome desk serves the retail area and provides tickets for the trip boat through the lift, exhibition area and toilet facilities.
The lower level houses the new exhibition, focusing upon the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule.
Time travel through the unique structure on board the elegant Edwin Clark trip boat, journeying between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal high above.
Feel free to browse the gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure.
Phone 01606 786777
Fax 01606 872903
Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Anderton,
Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6FW