Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
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 ready for when we open in May...
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...
Back in 2016, the much loved Gloucester Waterways 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.
The final chapter in the refurbishment is now underway and we are looking forward to re-opening with our brand new entrance in May.
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.
Designated 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.
Re-opening in May with a newly refurbished entrance
Summer: 5 May 2018 to 4 November 2018
Open every day 10.00am - 5.00pm
(Our daily boat trips start on 24 March 2018 - at 12 noon and 1.30pm)
Please note: our annual pass does not include ticketed events such as our very special Santa Cruises.
Call: 01452 318200
Download our museum guide
Featuring maps of the galleries and listing the stories and hands on exhibits
Friends with benefits
Become a Friend today and not only will you get loads of benefits - our waterways will too!
Last date edited: 11 January 2018