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: The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm. Boat have finished for the season and will start again in March 2022.

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

Looking for things to do in Gloucester? The National Waterways Museum is now open after lots of renovation.

Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country is home to old dock buildings, designer shops, cool cafes and fantastic museums making it a great place for a family day out. You don't need to book tickets in advance.

Things to see and do

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.

Pop in this December and meet Well-B the Canal & River Trust mascot who will be hiding around the museum as part of our Christmas Trail. Well-B is our extraordinary little friend, who has recently discovered that canals and rivers are a great place to spend time to recharge.

Download your free local map and discover one of the many walking routes or try some cycling.

Discover the rich history of Gloucester City through the interactive map or if you are visiting the docks the Soldiers of Gloucester Museum is only a short walk from the National Waterways Museum Gloucester.

Gloucester Quays Outlet offers up to 70% off outlet shopping all day, every day. Please visit the website for opening times.

Places to eat

Situated in the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Llanthony Tea Room offers a selection of tasty treats to tempt you. Alternatively, there are lots of cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants around the Gloucester Quays and docks.

Boat Trips

Running from Easter – October, the National Waterways Museum Gloucester offers 45-minute boat trips along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on Queen Boadicea II , a Dunkirk Little Ship. For a longer cruise along the River Severn visit English Holiday Cruises.

Picnic spot

The National Waterways Museum has a fantastic selection of picnic benches, funded by the Friends of the National Waterways Museum, which are accessible throughout the year. There are also 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.