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Salt Works entrance

Lion Salt Works
Ollershaw Lane

01606 275066

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.30am – 1.30pm and 2 – 5pm

Last admission 4pm

From 26 April, the outdoor play area and butterfly garden are open from Tuesday to Thursday, closed on Saturday.

Admission charges

Unless you are unable to, please pay in advance when you book.

Adult £6.60
Concession £5.80
Child £4.20
Family 2 adults + 2 children £19.40
Family 1 adult + 3 children £17.30
Concession Family 2 adults + 2 children £16.00
Concession Family 1 adult + 3 children £14.70

Adult Annual Pass £16.80 valid for 12 months from date of issue
Family Annual Pass (1 adult + 3 children) £49 valid for 12 months from date of issue
Family Annual Pass (2 adults + 2 children) £55 valid for 12 months from date of issue

Concessions are OAPs, Jobseekers, or Students. Children are aged 5 – 16

Shop and Café

The cafe is currently open for cold drinks only. Our shop is closed at the moment but guidebooks and/or tubs of Lion Salt Works salt can be booked and purchased in advance and collected when you visit. Please ring 01606 275066 for more information or to book.

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 used to be hourly (two hourly on Sundays) but may have changed due to COVID-19. 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.


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.