For 2020, Cheshire’s leading industrial heritage museum, the Lion Salt Works Museum near Northwich in Cheshire, is offering groups the chance to enjoy two additional paid-for talks on Cheshire Cheese and cheese-making.
Both talks come with the opportunity to sample and buy cheese. Salt is an essential ingredient in all cheeses and its preservative qualities have been key to the historical success of Cheshire cheese (for information about booking contact 01606 275066).
The talks combine well with a tour of the Lion Salt Work Museum, which tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays as well as a sound and light show, automaton and ‘subsiding house’. Group tours of the museum can be self-guided (£5.30 per person) or guided (£8.50 per person). For a minimum group size of 40, the Cheshire Cheese talk costs an additional £2 per person; the Cheese-making talk and demonstration £2.50 per person.
The Lion Salt Works Museum is the last open-pan salt-making site in Cheshire and one of the last in the World. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with the same protection status as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. It was restored in 2015 after a £10m four-year restoration and has gone on to win nine awards, including two national restoration awards and ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’ from the National Lottery, following a national vote.
There is free coach parking and visitors can be dropped off near the Museum entrance. All group tours include a free on-bus talk and free coffee for drivers. Group refreshments are available and groups can opt for either a guided or non-guided tour of the museum. Ordinary Group Tour Rates (10 people or more) are:
Find out more at westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
Photo: Daniel Williams, cheese expert at the Lion Salt Works Museum