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Review of Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift
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Owner description: The Anderton Boat Lift 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.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

a fascinating look at a technological marvel, the whole experience (including queuing, the ride and walking back to the car park) took about 45 minutes.

The guide was knowledgeable and presented well.

2  Thank waylander h
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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Great review
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"the river"
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"victorian engineering"
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"well worth a visit"
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"gift shop"
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"amazing piece of engineering"
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"falkirk wheel"
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"the lower level"
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"working order"
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"trent mersey canal"
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"country park"
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"car park"
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"industrial heritage"
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"free entry"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The story behind the original construction of the lift, its re-design and restoration is fascinating and clearly told even for the non-technical like me. Those Victorians were so clever and enterprising. There is a very pleasant picnicky type area outside too. Don't bother with the boat trip, though. It doesn't add to what you can see very clearly from the plentiful viewpoints. Pricey too. The attraction makes a fine day out if combined with the Lion Salt Works.

Thank Paul K
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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Sorry you did not like the trip, what can improve it?

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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Expensive but a great day out for all ages A fabulous piece of living history . Something for everyone and a good exibition to look at. Hot and cold foods icecreams etc souvenirs available

Thank Gillian070
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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Great review
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Visited the boat lift on 20th April 2018. Started off on the boat to Northwich and had the pleasure of listening to a very informative and entertaining guide. Then the boat went into the lift and we were able to appreciate the wonders of Victorian engineering.
Well worth going to see.

2  Thank Steve W
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Timothy T, General Manager at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Great review
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great trip on the boat up the anderton lift. The staff were fun and friendly, the lift fascinating and the boat clean and safe.

Also noteworthy Cafe with very sensibly priced food served by attentive staff. Worth combining a trip with a meal or snack here.

Brilliant to see it working and maintained so well.

Thank MrsFaz74
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Rachael M, Reservations Administrator at Anderton Boat Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review. The team will be thrilled to hear your great feedback.

We hope to see you again soon!

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