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National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Interesting and informative

The museum has something for everyone - good regional history for the adults, lots of hands-on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Anita T
Enjoyable day

I went here and had a walk around Gloucester dock the previous night, then this museum on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Smitbar E
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“boat trip”(35 reviews)
Following our recent refit we're delighted to announce that we are open again. The museum celebrates the role Gloucester Docks and the local canal network had in transporting goods to the industrial Midlands. Our new bright and engaging galleries...more
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Llanthony Warehouse | Gloucester Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH, England
+44 1452 318200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had a chance for a brief visit to this museum and found that I was almost the only visitor on a Tuesday lunchtime. I am really quite interested in waterways history but found that the museum was rather limited and I didn't find too...More

Thank graham992016
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this museum on 11 July 2018 expecting something along the lines of the sister museum in Ellesmere Port. Unfortunately the number and quality of the displays is poor in comparison and we had seen everything within three quarters of an hour. The majority...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum has something for everyone - good regional history for the adults, lots of hands-on activities for the children. We were fascinated by the stories told by local (videos) and learned a lot about a period we knew very little about Well worth a...More

Thank Anita T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here and had a walk around Gloucester dock the previous night, then this museum on the Sunday. It doesn't deserve the harsh reviews some have given it. I took a boat trip up the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, that was informative. I had...More

Thank Smitbar E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so possibly a bit harsh but not unfair. The second floor of the museum is not too bad, but you’ll struggle to find more than half an hour in this “attraction”. You can visit the newly refurbish Sabrina barge, which turns out is your...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been to Ellesmere Port Canal Museum the staff suggested visiting Gloucester National Waterways Museum which is a sister museum. We set off for the 3.5hour plus drive in temperatures of 30 degrees and what a complete difference. Ellesmere Port were very welcoming for us...More

Thank MHM800
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of the importance of inland waterways is epitomized here over 2 floors, incorporating bringing the Severn and man made channels to make way for larger ships to come so far inland. Interesting audio giving information during the visit explaining what you were looking...More

Thank Fermentingtom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found all the museum very interesting, explains the development of Gloucester as an inland port. Lots of hands on for children, interesting machinery, personal accounts from canal workers. A great visit.

Thank JanS1750
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the national waterways museum is full of interesting facts and displays spread over 2 floors. many of the displays were augmented by audio features from people involved .

Thank johnm1951
Reviewed 20 May 2018

We visited with the intent of going on the boat trip (we did not have time to visit the museum but did visit the shop). The staff were excellent throughout - very friendly and helpful. The boat trip was fun and it was sunny which...More

Thank Geoff A
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Lizzie C
2 August 2016|
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Response from forestofdeandweller | Reviewed this property |
No the Boat trip is separate to the Museum entry.
16 June 2016|
Response from Lizzie C |
Yes it is open again, just opened in the last few days.....