National Waterways Museum

Gloucester Docks was once the deepest and widest in the world. Today, old dock buildings house fantastic new museums, designer shops and cool cafes making it a great place for a family day out.

Within the complex is our award-winning National Waterways Museum, Gloucester charting the fascinating 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

The Grade II listed Gloucester Waterways Museum 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, museum shop and boat trips around the dock, you'll discover the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here.

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). Or £10 per night depending on how busy it is, for up to five days. 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 events

We've got loads going on this year - events and activities alongside our scheduled cruises. Here you'll find all our latest family activities in the school holidays, talks for enthusiasts, craft demonstrations, seasonal cruise specials and more.

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