Planning your visit

Address: Naburn Locks, Naburn, York, YO19 4RU View on Google map

Price: Once you're parked it won't cost you a penny

Toilets: There are toilets at the lock.

Part of Yorkshire's River Ouse navigation, Naburn Locks were once busy with barges transporting goods to and from near by York and Hull and beyond. The locks form the barrier between the tidal and non-tidal river. 

The first lock at Naburn was built in 1757 – one of the earliest examples of canal engineering in the country. In Victorian times, a larger lock was built alongside the original one to allow large freight barges to pass through. It was opened with much ado by Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert Victor.

Today it’s the perfect place for country walks and spotting wildlife.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

There are some great picnic spots shown on the map.


  • Naburn Nature Trail and Sensory garden

Wildlife spotting:

Look out for some amazing wildlife - red kites, kingfishers, herons and the like. Why not download out free nature spotter's guide to help you?

Getting here

By car - there is free parking on site

By boat - there's loads of information available to boaters wanting to navigate along the River Ouse including monthly tide times

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