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The Waterways Trust - National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.
What was life like on a canal barge?
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The Boat Museum,
The National Waterway Museum at Museum at Ellesmere Port is just part of a three centre museum bring the history of Britain’s waterways to life.
The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, now sells coal, is an official stockist for Calor Gas, has an Elsan disposal point and pump-out facilities. Details concerning mooring facilities can be found on the Museum's web site at www.nwm.org.uk/ellesmere, or by telephoning 0151 355 5017.
The other two centres are at Gloucester Docks and Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire.
The often checkered history of the canals and inland waterways of Britain is explained through interactive displays, voice recordings of former dock and canal workers, archive cine film footage and genuine exhibits. At The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port you can explore the fascinating history of this once revolutionary transport system.
Climb aboard some really historic boats that are still afloat and discover what life was once like living aboard and working on our inland waterways. The Ellesmere collection of historic boats, combined with Gloucester and Stoke Bruerne, is the largest in the world and includes narrowboats, canal barges and river tugs. Even a WWII concrete barge.
At the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, Britain's canal history is brought to life with the stories of the people who worked on our canals and rivers, it is a step back in time. The complex was a working canal port until the 1950s, originally designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop, the combination of locks, docks, warehouses and pump and engine room which provided the power for boats and cranes. Together with the working Blacksmith’s forge, power hall and stables, Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum vividly recreate what life was probably like during the late 1800s and first half of the 1900s.
With ample car and coach parking the modern main building houses a cafe, shop and toilets with ample disabled facilities. There is a children’s themed play area close to the centre.
We thought the Ellesmere boat museum was a little expensive at first but as we got into the swing of things found it was actually good value for money but you do need plenty of time. We would recommend between two and four hours (or even all day - with a picnic lunch) to do the museum justice, and get value for money!
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