National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EH
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Housed in a Victorian grain warehouse in the heart of the Gloucester Docks, the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester tells the fascinating story of the local waterways and the docks. You will discover how the waterways shaped the lives of those who travelled and worked on them though exhibits, films and artworks. As you walk around the museum today it is a calm and quiet place but you can close your eyes and just imagine this vibrant, bustling grain warehouse in the 1800s.

While you are at the museum, take a trip on Queen Boadicea II on a 45-minute cruise along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal (April – October). Discover the history of this Dunkirk Little Ship which started off life as a pleasure cruiser in London in the 1930s, rescued troops at Dunkirk in 1940 and played a part in the Queen’s Coronation Pageant on the River Thames in 1953.

The Museum is one of the attractions on the Canal & River Trust network and helps to preserve the nation’s designated collection of canal, river and waterways history. The work of the Trust involves not only looking after our waterways, but promoting them widely to the eight-million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep, so that many more people benefit from our free, accessible and local source of wellbeing.

Look out for family activities during the school holidays and opportunities to get our on the water from our paddle hub.  There is also a welcoming café selling hot drinks and delicious treats. The museum is dog-friendly throughout.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Boat Trip - Adult - Adult£9.00 per ticket
Boat Trip - Child - Child£6.00 per ticket
Boat Trip - Family (2xAdult 2xChildren) - Family£27.00 per ticket
Boat Trip - Groups 20+ - Ticket£7.00 per person per day
Museum - Adult (16+) - Adult£8.50 per ticket
Museum - Child - Child£5.00 per ticket
Museum - Family (2xAdult 2xChildren) - Family£22.00 per ticket
Museum - Groups 20+ - Ticket£6.50 per person per day

Museum: Under 5s - Free
Boat Trip: Under 3s - Free

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car

Gloucester Waterways Museum is located in Gloucester's historic docks. From M5 junctions 11a or 12, the A38, A40 or A417, follow the brown signs to Historic Gloucester Docks or signs to Gloucester Quays.

Car parking

Pay and display parking is available in the Gloucester Docks or at the Gloucester Quays Multi-story.

There is parking for blue badge holders in Orchard Square outside the museum.

Public Transport Directions

By rail and bus

Gloucester railway and bus stations are across the road from each other on Bruton Way. The museum is a 15 - 20 minute walk via Clarence Street, Eastgate Street and Southgate Street. There is a taxi rank at the train station and near the bus station.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Opening Times

* Visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/gloucester for the National Waterways Museum Gloucester’s opening times throughout the year. Boat trips run on the days the museum is open between April and October.



  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2023

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