Ellesmere PortEllesmere Port
is an industrial town in the district of Ellesmere Port and Neston
, which was founded, as the name suggests, as an outlet to the sea from Ellesmere
and the Wales
border area around Llangollen
(via a canal
then called the Ellesmere Canal
). The town has a population of 64,100
The Manchester Ship Canal joins the Mersey estuary here, and the town is also the northern terminus of the Shropshire Union Canal (which used to exchange goods with sea going boats at what is now the boat museum). There are a number of tourist attractions - the Boat Museum, the "Blue Planet" aquarium and the Cheshire Oaks outlet village. The town is primarily industrial, being dominated by a Shell oil refinery and an ICI chemical works.
Ellesmere Port has a railway station with frequent electric services to Liverpool and occasional trains to Helsby on the Chester to Warrington line.