• The Intrigue of Cheese Until 16 February 2020

  • 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.


The Intrigue of Cheese: Cheshire Salt and the Dairy Industry

12 Oct -16 Feb

Voluntary Researcher, Tom Holmes, has drawn on a range of primary and secondary sources to pull together this fascinating exhibition, which will surprise and amuse with quirky tales, the history, trade, traditions and influence of Cheshire cheese.

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Adult events

Talks, drama, walks and more.
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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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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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Lottery Heritage Award

The Lion Salt Works winning the Heritage Lottery award.
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