MERSEY Ferries and the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port are working together to create a special day out for canal and industrial heritage fans.

Last year the first Manchester Ship Canal cruises departing from and arriving at the museum began, and from July they will be setting sail again.

Ellesmere Port residents can now book on to the cruises by buying tickets at the museum.

National Waterways Museum manager John Inch said: “Last year was a good launch for this new cruise and we’re delighted to be taking this new partnership further by having tickets on sale at the museum.

“This will make it easy for local people and our regular visitors to take a place on this fascinating trip.”

Cllr Mark Dowd, chairman of Merseytravel, said: “We are delighted to be offering cruises between the National Waterways Museum and Salford Quays again this year.

“I am sure that many passengers will enjoy the Manchester Ship Canal cruise coupled with a visit to this fascinating museum, telling the story of Britain’s canals and waterways.”

On Thursday, July 12, and Saturday, July 14, members of the public will have the chance to visit the museum at a discount rate to learn about the history and culture of the North West’s waterways, before boarding the ferry for a trip to Salford Quays.

On Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15, the trip begins at Salford and takes visitors through the landscape to Ellesmere Port, where they can spend the afternoon at the museum.

Each day the trip finishes with a bus service back to the departure point. Visitors also get an annual pass to the museum as part of the deal.

Full details of pricing, times and ticket sales can be found at or by calling 0151 330 1444. Tickets are also available for sale at the National Waterways Museum shop.