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Salt Works entrance

Lion Salt Works
Ollershaw Lane

01606 275066

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm

We’re closed on Mondays but are usually open on bank holiday Mondays.

Admission charges

Adult: £7.30
Concession: £6.50 (concessions are 60+, jobseekers, or students. Carers go free.)
Child (16 and under): free
Adult Annual Pass: £18.80 (valid for 12 months from date of issue)

Bringing a group? See our Group Visit page for information on group sizes, admission charges and tours.

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.

By train

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). Up-to-date and timetables and other information can be found at

By bicycle

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.

By canal

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.

Gift shop and café

The gift shop and café are located in the visitor centre when you first enter the Lion Salt Works. The café offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and light snacks. We accept both cash and card payments.

Toilets and baby change facilities

There are toilets and baby change facilities located on the ground floor off the café, and upstairs outside the conference suite. There is a further accessible toilet with baby change facilities located in the Red Lion Inn. The whole site is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams.


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.


Guide dogs only within the buildings. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the outside grounds.

Information for your visit

triangleLion 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.