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
Featured image for Lion Salt Works

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.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.

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?

*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?

*This post contains affiliate links

Find a Great Family Friendly Hotel to stay at Nearby in Cheshire

Join in the conversation of find a great day out near you, join us on Facebook and Instagram 

Top attractions in Cheshire

  • The Crocky Trail
    Primary Tweens Outdoor Outdoor Fun

    The Crocky Trail

    The Crocky Trail, Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 7PH

  • Castaway Play
    Primary Tweens Toddlers Indoor & Outdoor Indoor Play Centres Outdoor Fun Indoor Fun

    Castaway Play

    Castaway Play, Congleton Garden Centre, 71 Moss Rd, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3BP

  • BeWILDerwood Cheshire
    All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun

    BeWILDerwood Cheshire

    Bewilderwood Cheshire, Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Cheshire, SY13 4JF

  • Inflata Nation Cheshire
    All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

    Inflata Nation Cheshire

    Inflata Nation Cheshire, Elite House, Shaw St, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 5TZ

  • The Ice Cream Farm
    Toddlers Primary Tweens Indoor & Outdoor Food & Fun Outdoor Fun Indoor Fun

    The Ice Cream Farm

    The Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall, Newton lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9NE

  • Sick To Death
    Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Museum

    Sick To Death

    Sick To Death, St Michael's Church, Bridge St, Whitchurch, Cheshire, CH1 1NW