Ellesmere Port Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Skillsbus
  • Things to Do
    by Skillsbus

Ellesmere Port Things to Do

  • National Waterways Museum

    The National Waterways Museum brings together a unique fleet of historic boats with rich collections and archives to tell the story of Britains canals and waterways. The historic docks at Ellesmere Port provide the perfect setting. With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat...

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  • National Waterways Museum

    Housed in a former canal port where goods were transferred from ocean going vessels to canal boats to be distributed inland, the large museum is houses many buildings and warehouses storing recreations and models and exhibitions. They tell the stories of the people who worked in the port and on the canals through interactive displays, models and...

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  • SCUBA DIVING WITH SHARKS

    The Blue Planet Aquarium located in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire ( about 15 miles from Liverpool ) offers the chance for you to dive in their shark tank along side their resident 10 foot long Sand Tiger Sharks as well as other smaller species and rays.The brave ones get to spend 30 minutes in this magnificent setting and believe me, its an awesome...

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  • More boats

    ..in the dock. Notice if its icy like it was this January day then some parts may be closed for safety......would be so easy to slip and end up in the water!

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  • Boat Museum

    The boat museum just has so many outdoor sights to see and explore as well as many historical interesting exhibitions to see. Something for all the family. This is the view as you enter the museum from the shop entrance.Entrance fee is £5.50 for adults (correct 2003)Excellent value is the Annual Season Ticket - less than the price of two-day...

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  • The oldest canal boat ??

    In the island warehouse is this really old canal boat, thousands of yeards old appaently. - posssibly the oldest one.

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  • Bigmere

    Bigmere is an unpowered steel dumb barge and was used to transport grain along the Manchester Ship Canal to Kelloggs at Trafford. She had a cargo capacity of 100 tons. Today she sits outside the Toll House (the centre of the old Dock Life) with the Manchester 250 Years a Port exhibition inside her.

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  • Power Hall

    This hall contains many engines that supplied the power for many boats - some can even be seen in operation - for example the Bolinder engine famous for powering many of Britain's canal boats. It was first installed in the Cadburys fleet of boats in 1911.Engineers can be seen at work lovingly maintaining these engines and polishing them so that...

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  • Pump House

    The pump house contains the steam driven engines which powered the hydraulic cranes around the dock. Marvel at the engineeering work of them.

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  • Island Warehouse

    This was built in 1871 to store grain but now houses the main museum exxhibitions of the life of the canals and docks.There is also a small cafe housed here for drinks and snacks.

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  • Old Smithy

    No not me hahahahI was fascinated with the old blacksmith's workshop....just look at all those old tools.

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  • Exhibitions

    Take time to look at some of the exhibitions in the old dock buildings around the complex.Gives an amazing insight of what it was like in those days. Must have been wonderful to see the boats in the dock, with the horse and carriages at the dockside.

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  • step inside....

    the canal boats and see how they used to live on the boats. Space looked small but cosy. Do take care when climbing in if its been wet or icy like it was this day and children must be supervised to avoid a tumble into the docks.

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  • Chocolate Charlie's Boat

    The canal boats are colourfully painted and many can be boarded and explored. This canal boat used to travel to Bournville (Cadbury's chocholate plant in the Midlands) carrying chocholate crumb cargo and hence the captain was known as Chocolate Charlie.

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  • Canal Locks

    There a series of lock in the upper basin and lower basin.....but doesn't look as if these have been used in a while.

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Ellesmere Port Local Customs

  • 1830's style

    No running water or electricity. Very simple furnishings. At least they didn't have to commmute far to work! Circa 1833-1840

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  • Dock Cottage 1930-40

    Just look at the old sofa and fireplace here.The flowered wallpaper was typical of this era too. 1930-40

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  • Dock Worker

    This guy must have been typical of someone who lived in those cottages. Doesnt look an easy life, plenty of hard work but a close knit community I imagine.

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Ellesmere Port Off The Beaten Path

  • Whitby Locks Lighthouse

    Just outside the actual boat museum is this lighthouse which guided boats into the Shropshire Union Canal's dock complex from the River Mersey. It was designed and built by Thomas Telford, the renowned canal and civil engineer, in 1829. It operated successfully until the Manchester Ship Canal reached Ellesmere Port in 1891. The Ship Canal cut off...

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  • Canal Trail

    Just before the entrance to the museum is this canal trail. Didn't walk all the way to Chester just a short way, not all that attractive really and unfortunately litter strewn :-((

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  • Ships ahoy

    Well not really a cruise but it can be fascinating watching the big ships entering the docks and up the canal to the Oil Refinery.

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Ellesmere Port Favorites

  • Boat Museum

    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...

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  • Industrial zone

    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)...

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  • Blue Planet Aquarium

    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...

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