A Visit to the National Waterways Museum

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Did you know you can go on a boat trip in Gloucester Docks? A 45-minute trip on the Queen Boadicea can be part of your visit to the National Waterways Museum.

The lovely boat trip along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal includes an interesting and lively talk about the history of the docks and canal. The little ship also has a rich history of her own, The Queen Boadicea was part of the famous Dunkirk rescue mission during WW2! She played her part before spending time on the Thames and finally coming to Gloucester in 1991.


Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country is home to old dock buildings, designer shops, cool cafes and fantastic new museums making it a great place for a family day out.

The award-winning National Waterways Museum is run by a charitable trust and charts the fascinating 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. It is housed in a Grade II listed grain warehouse has been renovated, refreshed and rebranded thanks to over £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.

It has two floors of fun, interactive exhibits where you’ll discover the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here. These include the interesting history of the docks, dressing up clothes and a family wildlife trail around the museum. There is also a lovely café and shop and you can make your own duck feed to take-away with you.


We particularly enjoyed the boat trip as we got to see parts of Gloucester you never normally experience. Lots of the original buildings associated with the working docks have been left and there are other even older buildings so spot along the way. You can also take a ‘Waterside Bingo’ sheet with you to spot different things.

At the moment, the museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Entry is £8.50 for adults and children (6-15) – £5. Boat trip cost is extra but there are combined ticket options along with family/concessions. Once you have bought your ticket, you are allowed you to return as many times as you like in 12 months.

Find out more about the museum here.

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