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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 01452 318200, gwm@canalrivertrust.org.uk View on Google map

Opening times: 10 April 2017 to 5 November 2017: open daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm. 7 November 2017 to 18 March 2018: open Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm. 19 March 2018 to 11 November 2018: open daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm.

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

Get involved with our museums and attractions

Gloucester Docks was once the deepest and widest in the world. Today, old dock buildings house fantastic new museums, designer shops and cool cafes 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.

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 events

We've got loads going on 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.