Throughout this Northwest England book, you will see that we have featured many attractions that pertain to the industrial revolution.
What we liked about the Anderton Boat lift, was its journey from the industrial revolution into our modern day life, the story it tells and despite the lifts proximity to a modern day factory, the area is so calm, serene and simply a place you could spend hours at. The visitors centre has all the history and lots of stories to tell within its walls, but a trip here is not complete without a trip on the boat lift itself. They have got a really modern coffee shop inside with truly delicious cakes, coffees and light lunch snacks. Try their Carrot Cake, it was delicious!
Anderton Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift is a feat of Victorian engineering, built in 1875 for the movement of narrow boats carrying cargoes from the Trent & Mersey Canal to the River Weaver Navigation. The narrow boats would carry cargoes of coal, pottery and salt and boat lift was designed to save time for these goods to get to the ports. The boat lift eventually closed in 1983 and many people thought that it would never reopen, after much enthusiasm and hard work the newly restored boat lift was reopened in 2002. The boat lift still moves boats from the Trent & Mersey to River Weaver below, there is also a trip boat so visitors can experience the lift for themselves.