We had heard of the Anderton Boat Lift but had never seen it in action or visited the site. It was very well sign posted and when we arrived, we discovered there was a whole Information Centre dedicated to explaining the mechanics of the Anderton Boat Lift, giving the history of the local site. It was very well led out and the historical exhibition and explanatory "hands on" notes were excellent. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the boat lift was not operational (had we arrived a week later it would have been) but the day did have it compensations in that there were fewer visitors around and we had therefore access to all of the facilities without any queuing. But do check the opening times and when the lift is available before you go by going to: http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/industrial/anderton_lift.htm
The exhibition gave an excellent history of the boat lift and the industry of the area via various media. It was a tremendous engineering fete of it's day and we intend to visit it again to experience the boat lift for ourselves. Lots to do for families, good shop area and cafe. Well worth seeing.
After we left the Information Centre we walked along the canal a bit and came across "A Fudge Boat". with all the smells you associate with fudge - scrumptious AND all homemade with every flavour you could think of AND free samples t'boot! Lovely!
Yes, it was a memorable day. We would definitely recommend it.
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