All Ages Indoor Museum Outdoor Fun

Lion Salt Works

Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Ln, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES
01606 275066
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Lion Salt Works review

The Lion Salt Works is the last remaining open pan salt works in Marston, near Northwich, Cheshire. It closed in 1986 and is now preserved as a museum.

The museum re-opened after a large investment back in 2015. It offers a fascinating journey through the life of the site. You can now explore the restored buildings and discover how the salt works operated and the impact it had. If you want to expand your day out there is the adjacent Northwich woodlands which is a 350-hectare site of vibrant and accessible parkland. Plus you aren’t far from the historic Anderton Boatlift.

You can learn about the process of boiling-down the brine into salt crystals in a theatrical setting with audio and video projection. Plus many other interesting and informative exhibits many of which are interactive.

There is also an outdoor play area which is based on elements of the Lion Salt Works building and equipment. At the heart of the new area is a distinctive bespoke ‘chimney’ climbing frame and slide. Young adventurers will also be able to clamber and explore a jungle climber, seesaw, wind-pump play equipment, cradle swing, wobble dish and train and carriage. You can visit the cafe, play area and butterfly garden for free.

Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.

FAQ and Further Information Lion Salt Works

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe which serves hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Museum with interactive and informative exhibits about the last open pan salt works including an outdoor playground. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket for the museum costs £6.60, children are £4.20. Other pricing options including annual passes and family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

When are they open?

They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for most of the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Guide dogs only within the buildings. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the outside grounds.

Are they accessible?

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