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

The historic boat collection

From a 1,000 year old log boat to a concrete barge, a coracle to a steam powered dredger, our collection of boats from Britain's inland waterways illustrates the many different types of craft that have used our canals and rivers over the centuries.

While some boats are exhibited as part of the museum's indoor displays, the majority can be found in the canal docks outside, where some of them are open to the public to explore.

Looking after these boats is an on-going task and you will see boats and narrowboats in various states of repair.

The Heritage Boatyard, which is located behind the Island Warehouse, is where a dedicated team of volunteers and young trainees work to care for and restore boats from this important collection.

Last date edited: 29 July 2015