Naburn Lock - York

Naburn Lock - York

Naburn, York, YO19 4RU.

Naburn Lock is on the River Ouse, six miles from York, and is seen by many as a hidden gem. It is a fairly compact site, but it offers a wealth of learning opportunities.

The original lock was built in the 1750s to improve navigation on this flood-prone river, and the work effectively created a small island. A larger lock was built in Victorian times and opened by Prince Albert. The site still has a range of buildings, including a fully-equipped forge, workshops, offices and two lock-keepers’ cottages.


Our team of Explorers Education Volunteers offer you the opportunity to visit this wonderful historic site and can support learning with a series of guided walks and workshops focusing on local history, river studies, wildlife and STEM.


We offer free preliminary visits and our website features downloadable trails/activities suitable for pre-visit planning or follow-up work.

We are in the process of renovating a dedicated indoor classroom space overlooking the lock for booked visits. There is ample parking and limited toilets on site.

Learning Resources

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

All About Rivers

Canal & River Habitats Topic Pack


Visits to Naburn Lock are FREE!