Gloucester Waterways Museum
Gloucester Waterways Museum
The award-winning Gloucester Waterways Museum (part of The Waterways Trust) is housed in a splendid Victorian warehouse at the historic Gloucester Docks. Located within the beautiful English county of Gloucestershire, the museum charts the fascinating story of Britain's canals through a special Designated Collection of national importance.
We concentrate on providing interactive and hands on displays covering a whole range of waterways related topics. Take the challenge of the "replica lock chamber", complete with running water, get on board one of our historic boats, enjoy our exhibits. Imagine what it was like to live and work on the waterways. Our historic boat collection includes narrowboats, river barges, canal and river tugs, as well as a steam powered dredger.
River and canal cruises run every day from April to end of December.
Museum, Transport heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site, Industrial heritage site
Summer Daily 10.30-17.00
Winter Daily 11.00-16.00 (10.30 -16.00 at weekends)
Closed Christmas day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day
Senior citizens and concessions £3.75
Children (4 - 16) £3.25
Family (2 adults + 2 children, £12.50, 1 adult + 2 children £9)
Under 4s free
The entire collection of the National Waterways Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The collections include objects painted by boatmen, costumes worn by boating families, and waterways souvenirs, along with photographic and archive material. The British Waterways Archive is included within this award for Designation.
Maritime, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Santa Cruises at Gloucester Waterways Museum
- 14 — 24 December 2013
Fun-filled family Santa Cruises at Gloucester Waterways Museum this Christmas.
From the moment children step aboard our pleasure boat King Arthur they are transported to a Festive wonderland.
The clever elves have checked with us to see which youngsters are on board so that each of them receives a personalised gift from Santa. As the children look excitedly for signs of Santa out of the boat windows, his reindeers land gently on the roof of the boat before the big man himself comes down the chimney.
During the 45 minute canal cruise children are encouraged to sing festive songs while adults enjoy a hot mince pie and drink. Many families make a day of it as part of their preparations for the Festive season.
Our Santa cruises depart between December 7 - 8 and December 14 - 24 at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm each day. Many families return year-on-year to join us on a Santa cruise - will we see you this year?
- Any age
Tickets for our Santa cruises, cost £8.50 for both children and adults, and include all day entry to the museum.
Pre-booking is essential as our Santa cruises are very popular. It is never too early to book by telephoning 01452 318200.