Lion Salt Works
General enquiries, events and activities – 01606 275066
Room hire and group visits – 01606 275040
School enquiries and bookings – 01606 275038
Closed: 24-26 Dec and 1st January.
Opening times February to October:
Museum open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am—5pm, last admission 4pm.
Opening times November to January:
Museum open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am—4pm, last admission 3pm.
Closed all Mondays except bank holiday Mondays.
Play Area and Butterfly Garden
Gates, play area and gardens open 9am – 5:20pm Monday to Sunday.
View the site guide
PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen technical issues, we are unable to accept card payments at this time. We apologise for the inconvenience and aim to fix this as soon as possible.
Family 2 adults + 2 children £16.40
Family 1 adult + 3 children £14.60
Concession Family 2 adults + 2 children £15.20
Concession Family 1 adult + 3 children £14
Adult Annual Pass £18 valid for 12 months from date of issue
Family Annual Pass (2 + 2 or 1 + 3) £50 valid for 12 months from date of issue
Concessions are OAPs, Jobseekers, or Students. Children are aged 5 – 16
How to get here
The Salt Works is situated on the B5075 (Ollershaw Lane) about a mile from Northwich town centre. It is well signposted (follow the brown signs). Chester is approximately a 30 minute drive, Liverpool and Manchester are 40 minutes.
We have a large car park which can accommodate coaches. The car park is free for visitors. Use postcode CW9 6ES for satnav.
Please book your groups in advance.
From Northwich Railway Station the Salt Works is a 25 minute walk or 15 minutes by bicycle. There is no taxi rank at the station.
Lostock Gralam is the Gateway Station to the Lion Salt Works which is less than two miles away and will take about 45 minutes by foot along the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Trains to Manchester and Chester are hourly (two hourly on Sundays) and timetables and other information can be found at www.midcheshirerail.org.uk
The Salt Works is on two Sustrans routes: On road – local route off Route 5 (Northwich) and Route 70 (Great Budworth). Traffic free – along Trent and Mersey Canal towpath.
Canal boats can be moored alongside the Salt Works with visitor access from the towpath. Please check the Canal and River Trust for terms and conditions.
The museum is fully accessible with designated disabled parking bays, accessible toilets, lifts to first floor levels and a hearing induction loop. Guide dogs are allowed in the buildings. A full access report is available on the Disabled Go website.
Shop and Café
The Lion Salt Works Café is housed in the rebuilt Stove House 5. The images on the wall, the Boiling Pan 5 outside and the view of the play area all make this a unique venue for a chat, a meeting, a family outing or a group visit.
We serve hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and ice creams.
To avoid disappointment, please pre-order your sandwiches with us if you are coming with a group.
View our current menu.
Guide dogs only within the buildings. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the outside grounds
Information for your visit
Lion Salt Works is a partially restored industrial heritage site. The Scheduled Status ensures the site has retained its historical integrity to discover, research and enjoy.
Please dress appropriately for an industrial site. We recommend sensible footwear (clogs would have been worn by workers) and warm clothing (the historic core is no longer heated by the furnaces).
Please be guided by the directional signs, safety notices and barriers to ensure all members of your group have a fantastic experience.
We remind all visitors to be constantly aware of uneven floors, low head heights and black barrier webbing.
The entire Lion Salt Works site is NON SMOKING.