Gloucester Waterways Museum

Family fun and boats galore at the heart of Gloucester's historic docks.

Queen Boadicea II with passengers
Queen Boadicea II with passengers

Quality Assured Visitor Attraction LogoHoused in a warehouse at the heart of Gloucester's fine Victorian Docks, Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of our wonderful canals and rivers. Climb aboard historic boats, enjoy hands-on fun, watch archive films and browse galleries rich in canal heritage.

Children of all ages will love getting their hands wet in our interactive canal lock exhibit and dressing up as waterways children as they explore the Museum.

Recently named by The Times newspaper as one of the best places to visit along the towpaths and waterways of Britain the Museum stages a number of special events throughout the year.

Boat cruises from Gloucester Waterways Museum

Our scheduled canal and river cruises begin again at Easter with our ever-popular afternoon tea cruises. Short 45-minute boat trips will run from Easter to September and seasonal day and evening trips to Tewkesbury, Saul Junction and Sharpness are included in our programme.

Whether you are celebrating something special or simply want to get together with family and friends for a relaxing day on the water we'll have a boat trip to suit you.

Boat hire and trips

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High Impact Heritage Lottery logoGloucester Waterways Museum has been granted £60,700 initial funding to develop a project celebrating Gloucester docks’ contribution to the nation. The project, called ‘From Birmingham to the Sea’, will see the museum change its displays to tell the story of the River Severn and the canals from Sharpness to Birmingham. 

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Did you know?

  • We have one of the last remaining fully restored steam dredgers in Europe
  • Narrowboats and one of the original Dunkirk Little Ships are among our fleet of floating exhibits
  • Boat trips depart daily from the Museum from May to September and weekends from April to the end of October.