Devizes Wharf

Devizes Wharf

The Wharf, Wharf Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1EB.

Trips to Devizes Wharf are partnered with Devizes Canal Museum and there are lots of things to keep children occupied on a trip. There's the museum to explore, the excitement of going on a boat trip through a lock and some fascinating features to discover on the canal towpath, including a Second World War pill box and Dr Who’s Tardis!

The Kennet & Avon Canal was opened in 1810 to link Bristol and London to avoid ships having to carry their precious cargoes by sea around the South Coast. The museum is owned by the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and is housed in an old bonded warehouse. It tells the story of this fascinating waterway from its early beginnings to the massive restoration programme carried out by volunteers in the 1980s.


KS1 KS2 Local History: All About the Kennet & Avon Canal

This workshop looks at how and why the canal was built over 200 years ago, some of the problems faced by the canal engineers and the main cargoes that were carried by boat. Children also have the opportunity to dress up as boat workers. Always popular!

KS1 KS2 Habitats: Pond Dipping & Minibeast Hunting (summer only)

Our waterways offer rich and varied habitats so spotting wildlife is guaranteed! This workshop helps children discover the rich variety of mini-beasts and wildlife that rely on water to live and grow. Activities include bug hunting in the long grass next to the canal, exploring the hedgerows and pond dipping in the side ponds at Caen Hill.

KS1 KS2 Guided Trails

Our Explorers team will show your children round the museum and talk about some of the interesting objects on view. They will also take the children for a walk along the towpath to point out some of the hidden secrets of the canal. Why is there a World War 2 pill box here? Where does the water come from?

Devizes Museum Family Trail

Can you stop thieves stealing precious goods from the warehouse in Devizes? Travel back in time with this trail to find out about the job of a Victorian wharfinger on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Devizes Canal Museum.

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:

Devizes Wharf Trail

All About Canals

Life on the English Waterways

Canal & River Habitats Topic Pack

Find out more about Devizes Wharf.


Free facilities for teachers include pre-visits, entry for teachers (and carers), risk assessments and downloadable trails.

Practicalities include toilets, a small gift shop, café. Coaches need to park in the council’s pay & display carpark.

Don't forget a boat trip!

A trip onboard the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust's boat lasts about 45 minutes. The boat takes a maximum of one class at a time, so if you are bringing two classes you need to book two trips.


£1 per child museum entry. £80 per class for each boat trip.