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Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
This to do or see
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National Waterways Museum Gloucester
Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks,
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Adult (16+) £8.50. Child (6-15) £5.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £20.00. Concession £7.50
As well as our National Waterways Museum - Gloucester, there are toilets in the various attractions around the docks
Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country is home to old dock buildings, designer shops, cool cafes and fantastic new museums making it a great place for a family day out.
Within the complex is our award-winning National Waterways Museum, Gloucester charting the fascinating 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
The Grade II listed Gloucester Waterways Museum warehouse has been renovated, refreshed and rebranded thanks to over £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.
With fun, interactive exhibits, café, museum shop and boat trips around the dock, you'll discover the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here.
Boat trips 2018
Our boat trips start on 24 March 2018 and you can show your ticket to gain entry into the museum once it reopens in May
We're building a new entrance
The museum is closed January to May as we install a new, glass fronted entrance.
Places to eat:
There are lots of cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants around the new Gloucester Quays and docks, including:
There are lots of benches and picnic tables around the docks
An urban environment may not seem a likely place for wildlife but why not investigate wildlife habitats with a difference with our fun wildlife trail? Walk around the docks - that’s docks, rather than ducks. But look out for them on your stroll. Just remember not to feed them any bread – that’s the ducks, not the docks.
By car - follow the brown signs to Historic Gloucester Docks from M5 junctions 11a or 12, the A38, A40 or A417
Car parking - pay and display parking is available on Southgate Street and Gloucester Quays. The museum is between the car parks
Park and ride - park and ride services are available, Monday to Saturday, from Waterwells, Quedgeley (near M5 junction 12)
By rail and bus - Gloucester Station and bus stations are across the road from each other on Bruton Way. The museum is a 15 - 20 minute walk and there's a taxi rank at the train station and near the bus station
By boat - you can moor your own boat in the docks for 48 hours for free (on a first come basis). Or £10 per night depending on how busy it is, for up to five days. You'll also find visitor moorings on Llanthony Pontoons. We have water points and electric points in the Basin. See our walking route map below for details
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit
We've got loads planned for this year - events and activities alongside our scheduled cruises. Here you'll find all our latest family activities in the school holidays, talks for enthusiasts, craft demonstrations, seasonal cruise specials and more.