Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton
Northwich CW9 6FW

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider. It 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. The Operations Centre offers interactive displays and educational facilities.

Anson Engine Museum

Anson Road
Poynton SK12 1TD

The main building houses a large collection of engines, maintained in running order ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Other buildings house specialist collections such as Gardner engines, Atmospheric engines, etc.

Beeston Castle & Woodland Park - English Heritage

Beeston Castle
Tarporley CW6 9TX

Climb to the top of the formidable Castle of the Rock with incredible views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. Excavations indicate that a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hill fort occupied the site long before Beeston Castle was begun in 1225.

Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

Gossage Building, Mersey Road
Widnes WA8 0DF

Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life. Our key aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and to inform them about science based industries and their role in our lives, past present and future. Collections: The collection consists of nearly 7,050 individually numbered items and groups including objects, archive material and photographs. The objects range from test tubes to a 20 ton cast iron caustic soda finishing vessel and the archives include company documents of all kinds, product brochures and general ephemera.

Cheshire Military Museum

The Castle
Chester CH1 2DN

In this museum we remember The Cheshire Regiment, The Cheshire Yeomanry, The 3rd Carabiniers, The 5th Royal Iniskilling Dragoon Guards, the Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School and several other small Cheshire units - some now long retired (often from bigger corps of the Army). We also remember the important role of the women of the regiments and the lives of those who were left behind when the men left home to fight.

Congleton Museum

Market Square
Congleton CW12 1BT

Displays featuring four main areas of the town's history: prehistoric times, including a log boat found at Astbury; the English Civil War, featuring John Bradshaw, who signed the death warrant of Charles I; the heyday of the textile industry; the Second World War.

Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum

Museum of Primitive Methodism, Englesea Brook
Crewe CW2 5QW

A museum telling the story of a predominantly working-class religious denomination (Primitive Methodism) in a manner that raises questions about faith and identity in the contemporary world. Much of the museum is housed in a chapel dating to 1829.

Grosvenor Museum

27 Grosvenor Street
Chester CH1 2DD

The Grosvenor Museum was founded in 1885 and its origins are linked to the Chester Society of Natural Science Literature & Art founded by Charles Kingsley in 1871, and to Chester Archaeological Society. The museum holds an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, found in the City walls in the 19th century.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

c/o P.O. Box 127
Nantwich CW5 8AQ

Discover the secret world of nuclear government For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft underground bunker would have been the centre of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out. Built in the 1950s as part of a vast secret radar network codenamed 'ROTOR'.

Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane, Marston
Northwich CW9 6ES

In 1986 the Lion Salt Works closed after the collapse of the West African salt market. It was purchased by Vale Royal Borough Council to prevent its demolition. Salt-making in Cheshire dates back over 2,000 years, when the salt towns of Cheshire were first established by the Romans.

Liverpool Scottish Regimental Museum

c/o Major IL Riley TD FSA Scot, The Shambles, 51a Common Lane, Culcheth
Warrington WA3 4EY

A permanent physical museum to hold the collection of objects and archival material is longer feasible. However modern technology does allow the Trust to fulfill its remit in other ways.To this end a series of programmes and projects to digitize the collection before disposal and preserve the archive are underway. Collections: The museum collection includes the uniforms and other military artefacts covering 100 years of the history of a kilted Scottish volunteer infantry regiment established in Liverpool.The collection of photographs and other documentary information is extensive.

Museum of the South Lancashire Regiment

Peninsula Barracks
Warrington WA2 7BR

The South Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as a result of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. With its Regimental Depot at Peninsula Barracks, Warrington, the regiment initially consisted of two battalions, with the 1st formed from the former 40th Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers). The regiment recruited primarily from that area of South Lancashire which is centred on the townships of Warrington and St Helens. During World War I the regiment expanded to a total strength of 21 battalions. They served on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, and in Macedonia, Egypt, Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and India.

Nantwich Museum

Pillory Street
Nantwich CW5 5BQ

The fascinating history of one of Cheshire's most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages - Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries.

National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW

At the National Waterways museum at Ellesmere Port we bring Britain's canal history back to life. Come and explore the exhibitions in the historic dock complex and experience life aboard our collection of canal and river craft. Collections: This collection includes objects painted by boatmen, costumes worn by boating families, waterways souvenirs, along with photographic and archive material.

Nether Alderley Mill - National Trust

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley
Macclesfield SK10 4TW

15th-century mill beside a tranquil mill pool: * Original Victorian water wheel is a unique tandem design * Mammoth 200 ton stone roof supported by a fine timber frame * Restored to full working order, with regular flour-grinding demonstrations.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

The Norton Priory Museum Trust, Tudor Road, Manor Park
Runcorn WA7 1SX

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is an award winning museum, excavated medieval ruins, the spectacular St Christopher statue, the lovely Walled Garden and the extensive woodland and sculpture trail.

Paradise Mill

Park Lane
Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

Paradise Mill, situated a short distance from the Silk Museum, was a working silk mill until 1981. Today, Paradise Mill is a living museum.

Silk Museum

Heritage Centre
Macclesfield SK11 6UT

The Silk Museum within the Heritage Centre follows the story of silk from its origins in China, along the silk route to Britain and its establishment in Macclesfield. An award winning audio-visual presentation tells of the development of the industry in the town from the perspective of various people involved in the silk industry. The story of silk comes to an end as we consider how silk is used in fashion. Costume, textiles and accessories from both the 19th and 20th century help to show how silk is used for some of the most important occasions in both the social calendar and family life.

Stretton Watermill

Mill Lane, Stretton
Nr Farndon SY14 7HS

A small working water mill set in beautiful countryside only ten miles from Chester. Visitors see the two waterwheels driving the ancient wooden mill machinery and turning the millstones.

Tatton Park - National Trust

Tatton Park
Knutsford WA16 6SG

Magnificent estate with mansion, grand garden, deer park, farm and Tudor old hall. * Neo-Classical mansion, home to a grand array of antiques and furniture * Fine Victorian arboretum, including a fernery, orangery and Japanese garden.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Museum Street
Warrington WA1 1JB

One of the oldest municipal museums in the country, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world.

Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse

162 London Road
Northwich CW9 8AB

The Salt Museum works to conserve and promote the history of the Cheshire salt industry and the communities of the Cheshire salt towns. Roughly 200 million years ago, in the Triassic era vast, salt deposits were laid down under what is now the county of Cheshire in England. Collections: Through original artefacts, models, re-constructions, old photographs, paintings and interactive exhibits Weaver Hall Museum, housed in the old Northwich Workhouse, tells the story of the mid Cheshire area. Students and local history researchers are welcome to make use of a range of resource material by appointment.

West Park Museum

West Park, Prestbury Road
Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

Founded in 1898 by the Brocklehurst family. A small, but significant collection of Egyptian antiquities and a range of fine and decorative arts and objects. West Park Museum's Collections comprise a wide range of fine and decorative art material and objects relating to local history.