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National Waterways Museum - Gloucester

National Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 2EH

01452 318200


About the National Waterways Museum

Located in a grade II listed warehouse, the National Waterways Museum Gloucester brings to life the fascinating story of 2,000 miles of waterways and Britain’s most inland port.  Visitors can climb aboard heritage boats in the Waterside Gallery, delve into the fascinating world of Gloucester’s Victorian docks and meet the people and wildlife of our wonderful waterways.  Plenty of hands on fun and interactive exhibits for all the family to enjoy. 

Educational workshops are available for schools and colleges. 

The National Waterways Museum has a well stocked shop and refreshment can be found in Coots, the adjoining café/ bar.

The National Waterways Museum - 2020 events

An exciting programme of events and workshops runs throughout the year, visit website for up-to-date information.
See the link at the top of page for the latest events at the National Waterways Museum.

Daily boat trips opearate from 30 March - 3 November at 12pm & 1.30pm

2020 Opening times at the National Waterways Museum

  • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 November 2019 to 29 March 2020  from 10am - 4pm
  • Closed Christmas Eve to 2 January 2020    
  • Open everyday from 30 March 2020 to 1 November 2020  from 10am - 5pm
  • Boat trips run daily from 30 March - 3 November

2020 Admission charges at the National Waterways Museum

Standard Admission Charges
Adult Annual Pass: £8.50
Child Annual Pass (age 6-18): £5.00
Family Annual Pass: £20.00

Boat Trips
Adult: £6.50
Child: £4.50
Family (2 adults+ up to 3 children): £18.00

How to get to the National Waterways Museum

By car

The National Waterways Museum is located in Gloucester's historic docks. From M5 junctions 11a or 12, the A38, A40 or A417, follow the brown signs to Historic Gloucester Docks. The entrance to the Museum car park is from the east end of Llanthony Road.

Car parking
Pay and display parking close to the Museum.

Park and ride

Park and ride services are available, Monday to Saturday, from Waterwells, Quedgeley (near M5 junction 12) and the Old Cattle Market, St Oswalds Road. Both routes pass the entrance to the Docks.

By rail and bus
Gloucester railway and bus stations are across the road from each other on Bruton Way. The museum is a 15 - 20 minute walk via Clarence Street, Eastgate Street and Southgate Street. There is a taxi rank at the train station and near the bus station.

On foot

Pedestrian access to the docks is near the corner of Southgate Street and Commercial Road.

Disabled Access at the National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users. The No4 Dredger is accessible for wheelchair users from the dock side; however wheelchair users are currently unable to board.

As the gangplank on the Queen Boadicea II is too narrow for most electric wheelchairs, the boat is only accessible for manual wheelchairs.

Lifts are available in the Museum.

You can now enjoy your day with your dog. The museum, trip boat and tea room welcome dogs on leads and even sells ice cream for dogs too.

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