Northwich is a historic town filled with half-timbered buildings and centuries-old bridges. It’s set at the junction of two rivers and home to one of the best-preserved two-caisson boat lifts in the United Kingdom. Stroll along the bustling High Street lined with independent shops and cosy cafes, visit a museum dedicated to the town’s salt industry and enjoy the state-of-the-art quayside development.
Things to do in Northwich
From summer arts festivals to snow-dusted Christmas markets, Northwich hosts family-friendly events throughout the year. The artisan market is held on the second Saturday of every month and is a great place to shop for unique souvenirs. You’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind jewellery to hand-poured candles and homemade fudge.
Learn about the town’s industrial past at the Lion Salt Works. The award-winning attraction occupies an open-pan salt factory and features exhibits on the once-booming industry. Peer into restored buildings and learn about how the salt industry shaped Cheshire over the centuries.
Watch the Anderton Boat Lift transport vessels 15 metres between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The two-caisson lift has been operating since 1875 and is a vital link between the two waterways. Learn about how the lift works at the family-friendly exhibition centre and enjoy tea and cake at the café.
Shop, dine and play in the Barons Quay precinct. The waterfront complex offers high street shops like H&M and River Island, as well as lively bars, cafes and restaurants. Catch the latest blockbusters at the state-of-the-art cinema and check the calendar for family-friendly events.
Getting around Northwich
Northwich is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Cheshire, a one-hour drive from Manchester and Liverpool. Trains connect Northwich with both major cities in under one hour. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a one-hour drive away.