CHESHIRE’S Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich has been awarded VisitEngland’s Best Told Story Accolade.
This prestigious award recognises the unique story-telling experience that the lift’s staff give its 120,000 plus visitors each year.
Visitors can visit the Canal & River Trust’s Anderton Boat Lift, free of charge, giving access to its exhibition, play area, shop and its tree-top Coffee Shop that overlooks the giant lift.
Accolades are only available to attractions that are part of the VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are awarded following a rigorous scoring scheme based on a unannounced visit.
Timothy Turner, General Manager, Anderton Boat Lift, said: “I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of all the staff and volunteers at the Lift is recognised with this sought-after and prestigious accolade. We are all very passionate about the Lift and its history and try to go that extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for all our visitors.”
“A great deal of thought has gone into telling the fascinating story of the world’s first successful boat lift and how it is still working today. At all stages we aim to engage the audience. So whether visitors come to visit the free exhibition, listen to our experienced boat guides as they float through the Lift and along the River Weaver or simply read the display boards as they walk through the terraced site, we aim to interest and educate visitors from young to old.”
The Anderton Boat Lift is one of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways and is an engineering masterpiece, being the world’s first ever successful boat lift. The Lift sits in a spectacular location between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is an interesting combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.