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Excellence!

Wonderful place to walk along the canal from, take a coffee with friends or indeed visit the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Annie L
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Northwich, United Kingdom
Excellent guided tour

This is a very interesting museum and well worth a visit. We were lucky enough to have a guided... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2018
Graydress
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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All reviews butterfly garden guided tour well worth a visit interactive displays play area information boards great insight restoration work original features local history excellent museum local environment couple of hours all ages interesting place small cafe reception area
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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!

Date of experience: February 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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 .

Date of experience: April 2018
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!!!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank HelenR256
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This museum is likely to teach most people things they never knew - for example, why the salt trade was so important to Cheshire and also the Potteries; and how (and why) salt of different grades is made. There will be people who know this stuff already but for the rest of us, something interesting to learn that's not overly taxing.

We visited whilst travelling the canal and it was well worth it - an hour or so of good material. Probably most worrying thing was that the factory only closed in the mid-1980's and is now deemed "history".

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank wf1968
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