Favorite thing: This unique award winning canal museum in Ellesmere Port has the world's largest floating collection of inland waterways craft.
The site covers over 12 acres of the historic canal port and dock buildings, housing the collection which includes over 5,000 objects ranging from large boats to canal company buttons, all helping to tell the story of canals and the people who worked on them.
More info: http://www.boatmuseum.org.uk
Fondest memory: A bright January day exploring the boat musem in peace and quiet, very few people around. The docks were partially frozen over so no boat trips that day. I really enjoyed the row of dock workers cottages from 1833 displaying the domestic changes therein from 1840 to 1950. Typical games from that era can also be played.
Favorite thing: Ellesmere Port being a port is obviously an industrial zone and as such is rather a blot on the landscape. In this pic in the background is the oil refinery at Stanlow and boats enter through the canal up to the plant . Sometimes the air has a horrible whiff of fumes and if there has been a gas leak from the plant (as has happened on occassions) then avoid the area and stay indoors.
Blue Planet Aquarium
Favorite thing: This is the UK's largest aquarium attraction, with two floors of interactive displays, one of Europe's largest collections of sharks and an underwater walkway tunnel which is fascinating to walk through.Various special events take place throughtout the year, for example Santa dives at Christmas and having photos of yourself taken with the snakes if you dare.
Address: Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9LF
Junction 10 M53, follow brown tourism signs.
Opening Times: Every day from 10am - 6pm.
Admission price £8.50 adults, family tickets available.
Telephone Number: 0151 357 8800
Fax Number: 0151 356 7288
Fondest memory: The self-guided tour takes you on a voyage of discovery from the misty Scottish highlands, down the mighty Amazon, across the depths of Lake Malawi finally emerging through steamy coastal mangroves and crashing surf of rocky shores, into the colourful splendour of a shark inhabited Caribbean reef.
You can have fun interacting with the sea life in the touch pools and dives with the sharks can also be arranged. It that seems a bit scary then just watching them being fed by the divers is amazing....those stingrays are really greedy and virtually envelop the divers who have to push them away to give the other fish (100's of species) a chance to feast.
I was also fascinated with the seahorses, could have watched them for hours.