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Gloucester Docks

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Planning your visit

Address: The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH

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

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

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 cafés, 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


There is a pay and display car park