Gloucester GL1 2EH
This Museum has recently been refurbished and is a treasure trove of information, interactive displays and moored vessels – ideal for children and adults. Located in the centre of the historic Gloucester Docks, the Museum occupies Llanthony warehouse.
The warehouse erected in 1873 was the last and largest to be built in the Gloucester Docks. The Museum consists of galleries and displays on three floors, a cobbled yard, a wharf with floating exhibits and the original rails and goods trucks from the docks’ railway line.
If you have ever wondered how these watery highways were built, what the people were like who worked on them, and how difficult it was to manoeuvre the narrow boats and their cargoes, then this is the place to find out.
The Museum’s Collections include weapons used in enforcing law and order on the docks, many colourfully painted artefacts in the decorative 'canalware' style, as well as elegant silverware. There are interactive models of swing bridges and cargo handling equipment - try your hand at manoeuvring a fully loaded model barge along a narrow canal.
- The Dock
Moored in the dock beside the Museum’s wharf are the narrow boat Northwich, a steam dredger, the tug boats Kennet and Severn Progress and a concrete narrow boat.
Visitors can go onboard some of these craft:
- Kennet is a steel motor tug built in 1931 which originally worked the upper reaches of the River Thames. Go aboard and learn tug handling skills.
- No 4 Steam Dredger was built in Holland. It was used for dredging docks and canals from 1925 until 1981. The bucket ladder can be lowered to dredge at the required depth so hop onboard and explore.
The museum shop has a varied range of marine themed goods on sale. There is everything from painted ‘Canalware’, prints, canal books, guides and maps and even old fashioned sweets.
The Café is open to Museum visitors as well as being a café bar for the public. There's a licensed bar and outside seating for sunny days.
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All areas accessible to Disabled Visitors
Opening Times & Costs
The Museum website has full details of opening hours & admission costs.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1452 318 200
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