We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

We cater for groups of all ages. The museum is a great place for a school trip or a special day out.

School visits

We give children an authentic and lively experience of waterways heritage that really brings history to life. Our museum galleries have many hands-on displays which children love and there are historic boats to visit on the docks outside.
A new and exciting programme of science and engineering projects for primary school children has recently been launched at the museum in conjunction with STEMworks, the organisation that aims to enhance and enrich the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people.

To support your visit and for the love of learning we offer:

  • Worksheets and other resources
  • Free planning visit
  • Choice of activities
  • Boat trip with historical commentary
  • Boat trips

You can book boat trips with commentaries about the history of the docks, the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, and the River Severn (Our tour boat, Queen Boadicea II, was one of the ‘little ships’ of Dunkirk and in May 1940 helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk).

Group visits

Gloucester Waterways Museum offers a complete day out with a range of interesting and enjoyable things to do that you and your group will be talking about for years to come.

A typical visit might comprise:

  • Museum visit including half hour archive film about the ship canal
    boat trip on the Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal (including morning coffee and afternoon tea options*)
  • Time to explore Gloucester Docks and the new designer outlet shopping centre

*The tour boat King Arthur has a full catering facility and also offers sit-down or buffet lunches and evening meals.

Group visits must be made in advance and we offer generous discounts for groups of ten or more on museum entry and boat trips.

Last date edited: 21 June 2016