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5. The National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

Top 10 ten places to visit in South West England – Gloucestershire

The National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

Housed over three storeys in a Victorian warehouse in the heart of the city’s historic Gloucester Docks, The National Waterways Museum recreates the story of the people who lived and worked on the canals and dockside.

Hear tales from former workers, see historic craft including a concerete narrow-boat and discover how fortunes were made…and lost through the museum’s interactive share game.

You can also learn how to locks work and navigate a boat around a waterway and find out how hard life would have been as a dock worker through the interactive exhibits.

The boat collection includes narrow-boats, river barges, canal and river tugs, as well as a steam powered dredger. There is also a steam crane, working machine shop, forge and a weighbridge.

From cranes and waterways crafts to a lock gate padlock which was reputedly used by Houdini in one of his escape routines – the National Waterways Museum Gloucester Docks provides a fascinating insight to this important period in British history.

The National Waterways Museum Address:   
National Waterways Museum
Gloucester Docks
Llanthony Warehouse
The Docks
England, UK

The National Waterways Museum Opening Times:
April to October, 10.00am – 5.00pm daily
November, 11.00am – 4.00pm

The National Waterways Museum Admission:
Adult £8.50*
Child £5.95*
Concession £6.50*
Family Ticket £25.00*
Under 5’s Free

*Prices include boat trip

T  +44 (0)1452 318200
F  +44 (0)1452 318202

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