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Lion Salt Works

“Lion Salt Works provides high quality opportunities to learn about the salt industry and its impact on the local community, economy and the environment through activities that promote enquiry and discovery. The key object is the salt works itself and experienced and talented learning staff bring this object to life through a creative and effective programme of interactive tours and workshops.”
Sandford Award Winner 2017

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About us

We have an experienced Learning Team, a handling collection of high quality artefacts and dedicated education spaces within the museum to offer a hands-on approach to all our sessions. Whilst visiting Lion Salt Works all children will meet a character from the past, handle historical objects and complete a range of engaging, practical activities.



We ask for a ratio of 1:7 for Key Stage 1 and 1:10 for Key Stage 2. The adult helpers accompanying a trip should be prepared to encourage children’s’ learning and are admitted free of charge. Please discuss with us if you would like to bring extra adults.


Special Educational Needs

Please let us know if there are any children with mobility issues, or other special educational needs, so we can tailor our workshops accordingly.



Our full day workshops typically run from 10.30am to 2.30pm.  We are very flexible and we can start a little later, or finish a little earlier if your transport requires this.  We’re well used to doing this and ensure that all of the key activities and learning objectives are covered so you still get the full experience.

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How to book

Stage 1: Enquiry

Complete the on-line enquiry form to trigger an email or phone call from one of our Education Team. Or talk to us directly on 01606 275066 or email


Stage 2: Booking your visit

Our Education Team will contact you to agree a date for your visit, discuss any special requirements and the charges for your chosen session.  We will send the confirmation pack when we have confirmed the staff for your visit.

Stage 3: The Confirmation Pack

The Confirmation Pack will contain your Booking Confirmation and information for teachers. Please study these carefully and check that the times of arrival and of departure are correct. If you have any queries about this get in touch as soon as possible.   Please check and sign this form and return it to us at  or Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES



Numbers can be altered up to 3 weeks before the date of your visit.  We will ask for payment before your visit.

Please check our cancellation policy when you make your booking.


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Plan Your Visit

Risk assessments

Lion Salt Works has carried out risk assessments for the site and for all school sessions. These will be sent to you when you make a booking.   We encourage group leaders to come on a preliminary visit.  Please contact us to arrange this.

How to get here

Lion 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.