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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 - 2019 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 1 April - 27 October at 12pm & 1.30pm

2019 Exhibtions at The National Water ways Museum - Gloucester Docks

Rachel Markwick – Stamp Collage Artist
15th May – 30th September – Level 2
Rachel Markwick joins the National Waterways Museum Gloucester on Level 2 for an exhibition of stamp collage artworks relating to ships and featuring the Gloucester Docks. Rachel is often inspired by poems and the sea. The reaction of most people when they see her work for the first time is one of complete surprise and it’s not until they examine them closely that they realise they are created with stamps. Alongside the exhibition museum visitors will have the opportunity to create their own Rachel Markwick inspired stamp collage.
Flow Photo Exhibition
6th June - 13th July 2019 – Sabrina 5
Flow Photo is the inaugural national photography competition and exhibition about water and waterways. Selected works from the competition will be exhibited at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester on the floating exhibition space Sabrina 5. On every Saturday throughout the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to make their own pinhole camera. The exhibition has been developed by Future Water Association in association with the Canal & River Trust.
Eric Gaskell Exhibition
22nd July - 6th Sept 2019 - Sabrina 5
Eric Gaskell will be coming to the National Waterways Museum Gloucester for a solo summer exhibition on board the Museum’s floating exhibition space Sabrina 5. Eric’s black and white linocuts feature English and Welsh canals and waterways and are based on his drawings usually taken from life. Born in Wigan in 1957, Eric studied painting and printmaking. He left art college in 1980 winning two painting scholarships, one to New York and one to Istanbul, as well as the Sunderland Echo Fine Art prize. He exhibits widely and teaches drawing, painting and printmaking.

2019 Opening times at the National Waterways Museum

Closed Christmas Day, boxing Day & New Year's Day

Boat trips commence on 1 April 2019

Summer Season:
. Open daily 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm

2019 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.

With the exception of guide and assistance dogs, dogs are not allowed on site.

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