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Don’t miss your chance to see ‘behind the scenes’ at the Lion Salt Works

Following extensive restoration work, the Lion Salt Works will be opening on Saturday September 13th, as part of Heritage Open Days.

The historic open-pan salt making site will be re-opening as a heritage attraction next year, but September 13th will offer people a unique chance to view the restored buildings before the interpretation fittings are installed.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “The transformation of the Lion Salt Works is brilliant.

“The work hasn’t finished yet, but this year’s Heritage Open Days really offers a unique opportunity to walk around the restored buildings and view the new visitor centre before the final fit out starts.”

Heritage Open Days is an annual event running over four days from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September. It offers free access to a wide range of attractive and historically important buildings and sites throughout West Cheshire.

This is an opportunity to discover ‘hidden’ buildings and to find out what is behind their front doors. Many of the buildings are not open to the public, except during this celebratory weekend.

The programme, including over 60 buildings, tours and guided walks, is produced by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the Chester Civic Trust.

Councillor Hilarie McNae, Champion for Historical Environment, said: “This is the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. Each year we have seen more and more people coming to see our wealth of buildings and share the enthusiasm of their owners.

“Pick up one of our booklets to help plan your visit. There is a free ‘Children’s Passport’ quiz available from the Grosvenor Museum and the Visitor Information Centre now or from Bishop Lloyd’s Palace over the weekend.”

The booklet is available from Chester Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, the Grosvenor Museum, History and Heritage in St Michael’s Church, and local branch libraries. The booklet is also available online at

The Lion Salt Works is open on Saturday, September 13, from 10am to 4pm with tours at 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Entry is free and no booking is required. Please note there will be no parking on site. The Butterfly garden will also be open during the day.

Details about the restoration project can be found at

Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and sponsored by English Heritage nationally. It happens thanks to a large numbers of local voluntary societies, building owners and volunteers who are happy to welcome the public to drop-in and look around a selection of our stunning architectural heritage.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The restoration of the Lion Salt Works is nearing completion.