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Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Docks was once the deepest and widest in the world. Today, old dock buildings house musuems, shops and cafes making it a great place for a family day out.

General information

Address: The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH

Visit time: 3+ hrs

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

Accessibility: You'll find full accessibility on our main museums & attractions webpages

Parking: There is a pay and display car park

Toilets: As well as our National Waterways Museum - Gloucester, there are toilets in the various attractions around the docks

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Walking
  • Sightseeing
  • Some cycling


The award-winning National Waterways Museum, Gloucester charts the fascinating 200-year history of our inland waterways. With fun and interactive exhibits for all ages, café, museum shop and boat trips around the dock and on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

Also look out for Cineworld cinema, Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Gloucester Cathedral, Beatrix Potter Museum, Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre, Llanthony priory, Gloucester Antiques Centre

Spot a boat

You'll see boats year round but especially in the summer


  • There are lots of caf├ęs, pubs, bars and restaurants around the docks

  • Coffee shop

    Our museum's coffee shop is on the ground floor

Boat trips

  • Gloucester Leisure Cruises

    Cruise down the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in style

  • Gloucester Cruises and Boat hire

  • The Queen Boadicea II and King Arthur

    The Queen Boadicea II and King Arthur offer 45 min trips down the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

  • English Holiday Cruises

    Boat trips - restaurant

Picnic spot

There are lots of benches and picnic tables around the docks


You may see:

  • Ducks
  • Seagulls