Opening hours

Closed -
Reopening 1 March

Seven days a week,
10.00 - 4.00

April to late
Seven days a week,
9.00 - 5.00

Late October to Christmas
Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
10.00 - 4.00

Site updated
21 December 2019


on the Shropshire Union Canal in south Cheshire

Canal Shop       Gifts       Needlework Shop       Events

Historic Boats

 the widest selection of canal books, maps and guides


needlework kits and crafts


Canal Art
Permanent exhibition by members of Guild of Waterway Artists, changing every 1-2 months

Handwoven Textiles and Spinning
Exhibition of work by
Fiona Nisbet

Steampunk Costume
by Monique Hollingshead
Mid-May to July

Gathering of Historic Boats
About 35 ex-working boats
Last weekend in July
Click here for more information

Canal Shop

We specialise in gifts and books for canal and boating enthusiasts, occasional canal users, and those who enjoy being by the canal.

We stock:

Painted canal ware (Roses & Castles) - by local artist Jane Marshall

“Naked” (unpainted) Buckby cans, horse nose bowls, and hand bowls (subject to availability)

Brass plaques of local canals

Brasso - big tins

Windlasses, mooring chains and ropes, anti-vandal keys etc.

Canal tea towels

Mugs, coasters, teapot stands

Lots of exclusive Audlem gifts - mugs, coasters, Wentworth wooden jigsaws, fridge magnets, jams and marmalades, fudge, shortbread etc.

Paintings of canal scenes

Original watercolours by local artist Sheila M Webster, and paintings by other artists. Prints of canal scenes

Canal and waterway books

We have the widest selection of canal guides and books anywhere.

We normally have over 450 titles available, including many out of print books, some reduced in price.  There are also many shelves of secondhand canal books, including some rare titles.  Please ring us for that elusive book!

Most books are available through our website - Canal Book Shop


Gifts for all the family - too many to describe - plus jigsaws, pocket money toys, etc.