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“Inland Port”

National Waterways Museum Gloucester
Ranked #18 of 86 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: 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 will showcase the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Daily Canal Cruises available. Queen Boadicea II will take you on a 45 minute trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal with live commentary. Trips run every weekend and every day during the school holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 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 at, other than the Mariners Church adjacent to the museum and the narrow boats in the basin, the Quays have lost a lot of the seafarers of old character, replaced by apartments, in what were bonded, grain and storage warehouses.We had a lovely lunch at The Barge Restaurant, excellent food and service.The Gloucestershire Yeomanry Military Museum worth a visit once past the alterations to the access.The streets in the City of Gloucester were filthy, with litter, also beggars and rough sleepers in evidence. Five years since our last visit, we're in no rush to go back again.

Thank Fermentingtom
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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
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Reviewed 5 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
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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 always helps. It lasts about 45 minutes and heads out of the docks with a running commentary. Sadly there a lot of places left after you leave the docks but the trip makes the most of what is there. Note that there are no concession prices (OAPs) for the boat trip - they pay full price - but it's not a lot anyway.

Thank Geoff A
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

There were just the 2 boat trips going on Good Friday, just the 6 of us on our 1.30 trip. Sadly the weather wasn't great as it was chucking it down but the boat did provide blankets if required to sit outside (under a cover). The commentary was amusing and fun for 45 minutes to get a different perspective of Gloucester. Will be great when the museum reopens.

Thank Anita1967
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