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


Part of the River Ouse navigation, Naburn Locks were once busy with barges transporting goods to and from York and Hull and beyond. Today it’s the perfect place for country walks and spotting wildlife.

General information

Address: Naburn Locks Naburn York YO19 4RU

Visit time: 2 hours

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a penny

Parking: There is free parking on site

Toilets: There are toilets at the lock.

Free visitor guide

Great for

History: The first lock at Naburn was built in 1757 – one of the earliest examples of canal engineering in the country. In Victorian times, a larger lock was built alongside the original one to allow large freight barges to pass through. It was opened with much ado by Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert Victor.

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • History

Spot a boat

With a Marina nearby there are plenty of boats to see.


Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are some great picnic spots shown on the map.


  • Naburn Nature Trail and Sensory garden


You may see:

  • Red kite
  • Kingfisher
  • Heron