Visit the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

We’re delighted to say that the museum will be open again from 10am on Tuesday 21 July.

You’ll find 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 will be widely available.

Our tea room will be 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. And for more general information please read our latest coronavirus update.

Housed in the old Llanthony Warehouse in the heart of what once was the bustling Gloucester Docks, the museum will take you on a whole new journey. See below for opening times and prices.

Rediscover the past...

Our museum’s new design takes a fresh approach to displaying objects from our designated collection, allowing you to enjoy the fabric of the warehouse itself.

Our new galleries have some very hands-on displays (and a few traditional exhibits too). But they all tell the stories of people living and working on the docks - some of them in person on our digital display screens. It's all thanks to some timely funding...

£1 million refurbishment

Back in 2016, the museum was awarded a grant of over £1 million to refurbish its displays, create a new entrance to the warehouse building and adapt the 'Sabrina 5' barge to provide a new space for events and education.

Now, the museum is once again known as the National Waterways Museum (NWM) Gloucester. The sister museum to our National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, together they are jointly responsible for the UK’s unique 'designated collection' of waterways heritage.

As a charity, we were only able to carry out this important project at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester because of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund and several generous donations from local trusts and individuals.

Funding logos for NWM Gloucester

Designated museum collection

Designated museum collection logoDesignated of national importance by Arts Council England, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two museums. However, you can also find treasured items on loan at Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre, Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne.

Together it forms the most comprehensive collection that tells the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection consists of over 12,000 objects – including 68 historic boats and the national waterways archive.

Opening times

10am to 3pm Tuesday – Saturday inclusive

Unlimited visits to the museum for 12 months

Your ticket becomes your 'annual pass' and will give you a whole year of access to the museum. The Llanthony Tea Room and the Gift Shop is free to enter without museum entry.

Adult (16+) £8.50
Concession £7.50
Child (6-15) £5.00
Child (5 and under) Free
Family of 4 (2 ad + up to 3 ch) £20.00

Call:  01452 318200


Last date edited: 30 July 2020