Gloucester Waterways Museum

A canal boat on the water next to a museum building
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Adults £4.75
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.

Collection details

Maritime, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Gloucester Waterways Museum

  • 10 September 2015

Visit the Waterways Museum to uncover the story of Britain’s waterways and the history behind Gloucester Docks. The Museum has displays and activities especially for children so that they can learn about our waterways heritage. See the fine stationary steam engine, manufactured by the well-known local engineering company ‘Fielding and Platt’. A guided walk around Gloucester Docks is also available.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Gloucester Brass Perform

  • 13 September 2015

This fine local band returns to perform for Heritage Open Days. The performance will last 30-40 minutes.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

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