About us

Lion Salt Works from SmithyThe Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, close to Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, and the historic Anderton Boat Lift.
This £10.23 million project opened in June 2015 offering a fascinating journey through the life of the country’s last open-pan salt making site.

When exploring the site and its restored buildings, you will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape. A visit will also set the scene for a wider exploration of the footpaths, waterways and attractions of the adjacent Northwich Woodlands (a 350 hectare area of vibrant and accessible parkland) and the wider Weaver Valley including the Anderton Boat Lift.

Award Winning

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – North West Awards, Highly Commended April 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 national conservation awards 2016
  • National Museum + Heritage Award for Excellence for Conservation and Restoration 2016
  • National Lottery Awards, Best Heritage Project 2016
  • Northern Soul, Museum of the Year 2107
  • Sandford Award for the excellence 2017

The Lion Salt Works Trust was originally formed to protect the site and develop it into the industrial heritage museum that it is today. The Trust has produced much research over the years and this is published in The Mundling Stick.

Our new objectives are to continue the restoration and promote its message. The current major project is to explore producing salt in the traditional way on site and offer the public an additional visitor experience.

To find out more about the Trust, read The Mundling Stick and hear about future plans please follow the link: lionsaltworkstrust.com