Cnr Commercial Rd & Southgate St
Gloucester GL1 2ER
The beautifully restored and busy Gloucester Docks is a major tourist attraction.
Its Victorian warehouses and wharves have often been used as locations for film (Amazing Grace) and television (Onedin Line and Vanity Fair). There is plenty to see and do, ranging from fascinating Museums to cruises along the canal, from shops and restaurants to a Mariners Chapel.
On the other hand, the visitor can just wander along the quays looking at historic boats, watching the old Llanthony Bridge being lifted to let vessels through or inspecting the ships being worked on in the dry dock. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see a narrowboat coming through the lock gate from the River Severn.
To get to The Dock follow the brown tourist signs from "The Cross" in the centre of Gloucester.
To find your way around the site and the attractions, pick up a map of the docks from the Information Office near the Southgate Street entrance or the Visitor Information Point on Merchants Quay building in the centre of the site.
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There are two excellent museums, one telling the story of two historic Gloucestershire Regiments (The Glorious Glosters), and the other the fascinating story of the Gloucester Waterways Museum.
In the former Customs House at one end of Victoria Dock (1849) is the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Beside the steps at the entrance is the letter box from the former Docks Post Office in Commercial Road. The National Waterways Museum is housed in Llanthony Warehouse.
Moored at Llanthony Wharf is their collection of historic ships.
There is a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and bars in various price ranges.
Shopping & Entertainment
Gloucester Docks regeneration project incorporates Designer Outlet, shopping, 10 screen cinema and new restaurants. For further information, go to Web: Gloucester Quays
Gloucester Leisure Cruises provide daily 45 minute trips along the Gloucesterand Sharpness Canal during the summer. Web: Gloucester Leisure Cruises
The Mariner’s Chapel
Built in stone, the Chapel stands out against the large red brick warehouses. It was built in the early 19th century to serve the needs of the visiting sailors who were not considered suitably dressed to attend the city’s churches. Visitors are welcome to go in.
The Dry Docks (1853)
The two dry docks on the other side of the Main Basin often have historic ships in them being maintained and repaired. To find out what interesting ships are due, go to the information packed Web: Ships at Gloucester Docks
On Saturday afternoon members of the Gloucester & District Model Boat Club sail their models from the entrance to the Victoria Dock. Visitors will see models of yachts, tugs, paddle boats, hovercraft, submarines, warships, patrol boats, lifeboats and motor cruisers.
Visitors can walk along the Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal towards Sharpness on the towpath – a distance of 16 miles.
Alternatively, there is a circuit walk along the River Severn upstream from the lock gate, approximately 3 miles in length. The walk covers a mixture of industrial heritage and natural countryside.
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Contact & Further Information
- By Car & by walking
Go down Southgate Street from the ‘Cross’ (intersection of Northgate, Eastgate, Westgate and Southgate Streets) to its intersection with Commercial Road. The Docks are on the right. There is 'Pay and Display' parking.
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