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Gloucester Waterways Museum

Play around with interactive exhibits, study educational displays and examine an extensive collection of boats at this quayside museum.

Delve into the heritage of Gloucester’s docks at the Gloucester Waterways Museum. See a wonderful collection of waterway-related artifacts, including working engines, intricate models and locks. The museum also displays tugboats, river barges and narrowboats as well as steam cranes and a model of a canal.

As you approach the entrance, look for boats of all shapes and sizes in the surrounding docks and canals. Then head inside to discover more about the story of Britain’s inland waterways.

Browse the exhibits, which are held inside a historic dockside warehouse. The exhibits explain the importance of the countries canals and feature old plans, maps and administrative records from British navigation companies.

Leisure cruises operate from the Gloucester Waterways Museum. Arrange to join one and watch for birds and other wildlife as the boat drifts along the waterway. If you’d rather stay on dry land, walk along the working dry docks instead and observe craftspeople overhaul historic vessels using traditional and modern tools. Some of these boats are wooden sailing ships that date back as far as the early 20th century.

If you’re keen to find out more about the docks, take a guided tour with Gloucester Civic Trust. Follow a knowledgeable tour guide around the site as they reveal the history of this significant inland port, which dates back to Roman times.

While here, stop at the nearby Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum at the end of Victoria Dock. This notable museum is devoted to the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, a yeomanry regiment of the British Army. Inspect the interesting collection of military artifacts, which includes weapons, medals and clothing.

Find the Gloucester Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the center of Gloucester. The docks are also an excellent place to shop, so allow yourself time to search the outlets, which sell designer fashions at significantly reduced prices. Smaller independent stores at the docks also sell antiques and fine handmade jewelry.

Visiting the Gloucester Waterways Museum is a great way to learn about life on Britain’s inland waterways.


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The New Inn Hotel

16 Northgate Street, Gloucester, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Gloucester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Guildhall and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    The New County Hotel £25
    The New County Hotel

    The New County Hotel

    44 Southgate Street, Gloucester, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Gloucester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Waterways Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 10 minutes. Gloucester Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Luxurious 2 Bed Modern City Centre Apartment
      Luxurious 2 Bed Modern City Centre Apartment

      Luxurious 2 Bed Modern City Centre Apartment

      Gloucester, ENG
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Waterways Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 10 minutes. Gloucester Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        Lovely Holiday Home in Gloucester Near Waterways Museum
        Lovely Holiday Home in Gloucester Near Waterways Museum

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        7, Quire Court Apartments, Gloucester, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Gloucester, this holiday home is steps away from Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 10 minutes. Gloucester Station is 12 minutes by foot.

          Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views
          Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views

          Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views

          403 Priday Mill, 41-45 Commercial Road, Gloucester, ENG
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Gloucester, this historic apartment building is steps away from Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked £29
            Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

            Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

            14-18 Clarence Street, Gloucester, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Gloucester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gloucester Guildhall and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              Brunswick Square Apartments £64
              Brunswick Square Apartments

              Brunswick Square Apartments

              Brunswick Square, Gloucester, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. Gloucester Cathedral is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Gloucester Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Quire Court Apartments
                Quire Court Apartments

                Quire Court Apartments

                Hare Lane, Gloucester, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Kingsholm Stadium and Gloucester Docks are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 9 minutes by foot.