• Awards Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North West Awards, Highly Commended (2015)
    North West Regional Construction Awards, Heritage Award (2015)
    Cheshire Marketing Awards, Best Newcomer (2015)
    Chester Civic Trust, Award for Community Conservation (2015)
    Civic Trust, First Prize in the National Conservation Awards (2016)
    Museums & Heritage Award, Excellence for Conservation and Restoration (2016)
    National Lottery Awards, Best Heritage Project (2016)
    Northern Soul, Museum of the Year (2017)
    Sandford Award for Educational Excellence (2017)

  • What's on Events and activities
    coming up

  • The Lion Salt Works A journey from the heart of Cheshire
    to the tables of the world.
    Explore the history and science
    of salt production in Cheshire.

  • The restoration Learn the story of this incredible restoration,
    read the project archaeologist's blog and
    view our gallery.

All West Cheshire Museums will be temporarily closed to the public from 5pm today Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice, following advice from Public Health England. Our Museum team are planning to make activity templates accessible for families and consider how we can make the collections accessible on-line whilst they can’t be enjoyed in person.

For more information on the Council’s response to Coronavirus, please visit:


Brine, steam and rust: industrial landscapes of Northwich

22 February - 1 June

An exhibition of paintings by Richard Edmunds, reflecting the powerful presence of Cheshire’s Industrial Age.

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What is Salt?

Salt-making in Cheshire dates back over 2,000 years, when the salt towns of Cheshire were first established by the Romans. Salt was originally extracted from the ground by a series of natural brine pits.
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Adult events

Talks, drama, walks and more.
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Lottery Heritage Award

The Lion Salt Works winning the Heritage Lottery award.
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Family events

There's loads to do at the Salt Works, from learning about steam transport to finding out more about the nature at the site.
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