National Waterways Museum Gloucester

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Address: National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH View on Google map

Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Price: Adult (16+) £8.50. Child (6-15) £5.00. Child (5 and under) Free. Family £20.00. Concession £7.50. Boat trips charged seperately.

Toilets: There are toilets available inside for visitors to the museum and tea room.

Explorers at Gloucester Docks

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, charting the ting 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.

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Places to eat

Situated in the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, our lovely Tea Room offers a selection of tasty treats to tempt you. We also have a fantastic selection of picnic benches, funded by the Friends of the National Waterways Museum, whichyou can relax on outside. The café and our gift shop are free to visit all year round so pop in for a cuppa!

Boat trips

The National Waterways Museum Gloucester offers 45-minute boat trips along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on Queen Boadicea II, a Dunkirk Little Ship. Our fantastic boat trips run Tuesday to Saturday until the end of October. No need to book in advance, just turn up. 

Other things to see and do

You can also download your free local map of Gloucester Docks and discover one of the many walking routes or try some cycling along the canal.

Escape for a minute in Gloucester Docks.

Get out onto the water

Gloucester Docks is a popular paddling spot with access to the water in the barge arm beside the museum. If you're new to the water, find out more in our boating pages. There are often activities, classes and taster sessions taking place in the Docks, contact the museum to find out more.

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.

Become a Friend

Did you know you can become of the Museum? To learn more about the benefits of becoming a friend, please visit the Friends of the Gloucester Waterways Museum website.

 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). You can stay for longer for £10 per night depending on how busy it is, for up to five days. To arrange an extended stay, contact us on 03030 404040. 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.