Gloucester Docks and our National Waterways Museum

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Planning your visit

Address: National Waterways Museum Gloucester Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH View on Google map

Opening Times: Open from Tuesday 21 July 10am to 3pm Tuesday – Saturday inclusive

Price: Adult (16+) £8.50. Child (6-15) £5.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £20.00. Concession £7.50

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

Explorers at Gloucester Docks

Our museum is open and we're delighted to welcome you back.

We’ve made a few changes to make sure our visitors and the museum team are kept safe. You can still enjoy our wonderful galleries and we’ll guide you around the exhibits in a one-way system to help everyone with social distancing. Hand sanitizer is widely available.

Our tea room is open for take-away drinks and refreshments which can be enjoyed in our new outdoor seating area overlooking Orchard Square.  

We want you to have the best experience possible so we’re also limiting the number of visitors in the building. For more general information please read our latest coronavirus update.

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 grain 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 and museum shop you'll discover the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here. Remember - your ticket allows you to return as many times as you like in 12 months.

You can now enjoy your day with your dog. The museum and tea room welcome dogs on leads and we sell ice cream for dogs too.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

There are lots of cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants around the new Gloucester Quays and docks, including:

  • Bella Italia
  • Bill's
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Carluccio's 
  • Coal Grill & bar
  • Cote Brasserie
  • Nando's
  • Pizza Express
  • Portivo Lounge
  • TGI Fridays
  • Zizzi

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

There are lots of benches and picnic tables around the docks

Wildlife spotting:

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.

Getting here

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

Local news and events

Here you'll find all our latest family activities in the school holidays, talks for enthusiasts, craft demonstrations, seasonal cruise specials and more.