Yorkshire Waterways Museum

Brightly-coloured tug boat moored on a canal.
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The Museum tells the story of the Aire and Calder Navigation in Yorkshire, England, and of the origins and development of the Port of Goole.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-16.00Sat-Sun 10.00 - 16.00

Closed: Open all year, except for Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Museum entry: FREE, Goole Docks History Tour: £4.00 adults, £3.00 under 12s, £12 family ticket (2 + 3)


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Additional info

Wheelchair access is available for all boats except the engine room of Wheldale. This includes access to the Goole Docks History Tour.

The theme for collecting is the social and industrial heritage of the inland waterways surrounding Goole. Interpretation mainly centres around The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the history of coal handling using the 'Tom Puddings'. The collection consists of historic photographs, objects and vessels: 'Wheldale' (a Tom Pudding tug), Tom Puddings, Sobriety (a refitted Humber Keel)and Room 58 (a grain barge which has been converted into a floating gallery).

Collection details

Archives, Inland Waterways, Industry, Maritime, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Transporting Collections!


A key stage 1 and 2 programme funded by Renaissance Partnership Initiative is based around our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) resources. Key Stage 1 packs are available for school visits and Key Stage 2 resources are available on our website (or on CDRom by request). School visits are welcomed, and teachers should call or email the museum for further details and costs.

How to obtain

Please call or email the museum for details.

Waterways History


Describes the use of hydraulic power in the water transportation of coal using hoists to move the coal from Tom Pudding trains to larger vessels.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Yorkshire Waterways Museum
Dutch River Side
East Yorkshire
DN14 5TB






01405 768730


01405 769868

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