Visit the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Following the latest lockdown arrangements for England the museum will be closed from 3pm on Wednesday 4 November.

We are grateful to everyone who has visited us over the last few months. It has been great to see the museum alive with people exploring the story of our waterways. Your support is vital for the future of the museum and we look forward to re-opening our doors as soon as is safely possible.

For more information on our response to coronavirus please read our latest coronavirus update.

Please keep checking our social media for updates on re-opening, and we hope to welcome everyone back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Rediscover the past...

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.

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 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.

Opening times

Following the latest lockdown arrangements for England the museum will be closed from 3pm on Wednesday 4 November.

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.

Prices

 

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

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and you agree to gift aid, we can claim back 25% from the Government, that is 25p for every £1 you pay. There is no extra cost.

Visiting Us

You will find we have 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 sanitiser will be widely available.

Our tearoom 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 are also limiting the number of visitors in the building.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

You can now enjoy your day with your dog. The museum and tea room welcome dogs on leads and we sell ice cream for dogs too.

 

£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 logo

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.

Last date edited: 16 November 2020