National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum information

adult/child £4.75/3.25, incl boat trip £10/7
Opening hours
10.30am-5pm Jul & Aug
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Lonely Planet review

The largest warehouse at the Gloucester Docks, Llanthony, is home to the National Waterways Museum, a hands-on kind of place where you can discover the history of Britain’s inland waterways. Among other boat-related topics, exhibitions cover the lives of ‘boat people’ – workers and their families who lived on narrowboats and moved goods up and down the intricate system of canals and rivers. Interactive hands-on displays include a model of a lock on a river, and you can scramble aboard a restored narrowboat moored outside to pretend that you, too, are a ‘boat person’.