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“fascinating look at our past”
Review of Lion Salt Works

Lion Salt Works
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Northwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, close to Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, and the historic Anderton Boat Lift. This £10.23 million project opened in June 2015 offering a fascinating journey through the life of the country's last open-pan salt making site. When exploring the site and its restored buildings, you will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire's people, economy and landscape.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

a great way to look at what was (until relatively recently) part of our industrial heritage. Well presented (although there is still more wanting to be restored) and interesting I'd recommend this for a couple of hours (or less if you're so minded).

Thank waylander h
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"great insight"
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"roman times"
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"excellent museum"
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

A truly outstanding museum in terms of subject, content and design. The displays are an excellent mixture of panels, sets, film, artefacts, stage effects (dry ice to simulate conditions at the salt pans), multi-media and interactivity. You and your companions (whatever their age) will not be bored. The place is never remotely stuffy although I expect it was for the workers. Extraordinarily men were toiling bare chested in the heat as recently as the 1980s. The works are a lost industrial world. The spirit of this family run, cottage industry comes across so strongly and evocatively.

One tiny criticism: no decent guide book to read in the bed. The museum guide was essentially pics of what you've already seen and the books in the shop didn't tell the story in the depth I sought. Another reason to allow plenty of time for your visit to read every panel!

Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Have wanted to visit since it was on telly many years ago. Well worth the wait, it shows several examples of how salt was made with lots of information boards and audio visual exhibits. Well worth a visit.

Thank ReadingRoamer
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

A family friendly history of the salt works.Lots to do and see.
Play area for the kids lovely cafe with great menu.gift shop and on our visit during school holidays there were kids craft classes.museum was fascinating,with hands on exhibits for the kids .

Thank Ygt123
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

What a super place! My grandparents lived in Nantwich, so I had grown up knowing that 'wich' meant salt, and seeing signs to the various salt works around the county!
I had no idea that some of the plants were for pumping and drying brine, and had thought that it was all being carved out of immense mines. Lion Salt Works was a real eye-opener, and quite incredible that people were working in conditions like that as late as the 80's. Loads of information about salt and the process, and plenty of interactive displays to keep the children entertained; they certainly seem to have taken it all in!

Small cafe, with hot drinks, cakes, etc. They also had a couple of people running a couple of craft stands, so 2 little boys are verythrilled with their sock owls and paper tulips!!!

Nice little shop, complete with Lion table Salt. They do take plastic. Parking is good. You do need to move between buildings so, if the weather was as grim as ours, ensure waterproofs/umbrellas! Allow a good couple of hours if you want to read everything!!!

Thank Helen R
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