Ellesmere Port (originally Netherpool) is a large industrial town and port in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated on the south border of the Wirral Peninsula on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, which in turn gives access to the River Mersey, and to the north of the city of Chester. The town had a population of 64,100 as of the United Kingdom Census 2001.
The town is primarily industrial, being dominated by a Royal Dutch Shell oil refinery at Stanlow Refinery and a former Imperial Chemical Industries chemical works. The town is also home to the Vauxhall Motors car factory, where the General Motors Astra range of cars is produced. There are a number of tourist attractions: the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, the Blue Planet Aquarium and the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet which is owned by McArthurGlen Group.

Why visit?

  • Ellesmere Port is just a short drive away from Chester Zoo, one of the UK's most popular zoos. With over 21,000 animals, it's the perfect place to spend a day learning about wildlife and exploring the zoo's many attractions.
  • Ellesmere Port is home to a variety of wildlife, including otters, water voles, and a wide range of birds. Visitors can explore the area's nature reserves, such as the Stanlow and Thornton Nature Reserve, and take a boat trip along the Shropshire Union Canal to spot wildlife.
  • Ellesmere Port is home to the National Waterways Museum, a fascinating museum that celebrates the history of Britain's canals and waterways. Visitors can explore the museum's interactive exhibits, take a boat trip along the Shropshire Union Canal, and learn about the history of the area's waterways.