Planning your visit
Address: Brentford Gauging Lock, Brentford, TW8 8HP View on Google map
Opening Times: The welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, but this can be subject to change.
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
Brentford Gauging Lock was once one of the busiest places on the Grand Union Canal / River Brent. Today, Brentford Lock is a great place for a walk and cycle.
Just a 10 minute jaunt around the towpath is the Thames Lock the final lock on the Grand Union Canal and the gateway to the River Thames.
Or if your prefer the 15 minute walk the other way, you'll find Syon House and Park.
Look out for our welcome station at Brentford - a place to stop for a chat with our friendly volunteers and pick up some information about the local area. The welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, but this can be subject to change.
Places to eat:
One of London's smallest museums, based in the Grade II Listed Toll House, is open every Friday by volunteers for the Canal & River Trust. It offers a fascinating and intimate slice of waterways history for children and adults alike.
The basin here provides some tranquil waterspace in the town. You'll get a chance to see waterbirds, including herons, moorhens and flotillas of ducks so sit back and reflect.
By car - there is limited on-street parking. Nearest public pay & display car park is next to the church on Brentford High Street
By train - Brentford rail station is a reasonable 11 minutes walk
By bike - the Capital ring route follow through the locks