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

10 April 2017 to 5 November 2017: open daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
7 November 2017 to 18 March 2018: open Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
19 March 2018 to 11 November 2018: open daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Admission charges

Adult (16+) £8.50.
Child (6-15) £5.00.
Child (5 and under) Free.
Family £20.00.
Concession £7.50

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

Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

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