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Boat Trips

Join us this summer for a trip on the historic pleasure cruiser and Dunkirk Little Ship, Queen Boadicea II.

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Very interesting trip along the canal with good commentary from the skipper...We both enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
Trip Advisor - July 2019

Join us

Boat trips run daily Wednesday to Saturday (and Sundays during the summer holidays) at 12noon and 1:30pm. You don't need to buy tickets in advance, but if you are visiting as part of a large group or are interested in private hire, please contact us ahead of your journey to check availability.

We are dog friendly

All (well-behaved!) dogs are more than welcome on board the boat and in the museum. We even sell vanilla dog ice-cream to treat them with in our café after your trip!


Child (4-16)£7
Under 4Free
Group Rate (minimum 10+ people)£8.50

For private hire or group bookings, please contact us at [email protected].

Tea and Cake Cruises

Do you fancy a longer two-hour trip on this 1930s pleasure cruiser? Tea and cake cruises run on selected dates through the summer. Find all the information plus details of how to buy tickets here: Tea and Cake Cruises.

Summer Exhibition: Little Ship. Big History.

Alongside the boat trips, this summer we are celebrating Queen Boadicea II (QBII) with a quayside exhibition. We’ve discovered more about her amazing past that includes a royal connection, war-time bravery and a trailblazing 1930s businesswoman.

At our outdoor exhibition, Little Ship. Big History, you’ll explore the stories of two fascinating people who played a big part in QBll’s history.


The boat can accommodate up to four manual wheelchairs on the outside, upper deck. Electric wheelchairs cannot be taken on board due to the limitations of the boat space and the ability to get electric wheelchair users on/off the boat in the event of an emergency. We have one manual wheelchair in the museum available for visitors to use on a first-come first-served basis. Please give us a call on 01452 318212 for more information.

Meet Queen Boadicea II, Dunkirk Little Ship

Built in 1936 as a Thames pleasure boat, Queen Boadicea II played her part in the Second World War as one of the Dunkirk Little Ships. She saw action in Dunkirk harbour where she evacuated many stranded soldiers.

After the war she returned to passenger service on the Thames. After working for some time on the River Dart, QBII came to Gloucester where she continues to work as a pleasure boat, carrying visitors along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. She is listed on the National Historic Ships Register.

Last Edited: 26 March 2024

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