National Waterways Museum

Gloucester Waterways Museum is housed in a Victorian warehouse at Gloucester Docks in the city of Gloucester, England. It is located along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and River Severn. It is next to the Gloucester Quays shopping outlet village, so there are lots of places to eat, shop and park in the area.  We tend to get the train when going to Gloucester, and its about 15 minutes walk to the museum. 

The museum is on two levels with an accessible lift, and overall its quite open planned which is good if you have a child like mine who explores museums at break-neck speed. It is quite a spacious museum but it isn’t a one way in, one way out museum.  Once you have paid your ticket then validates for a full year which is great value.  They also offer carer/companion tickets, and you do not need ID.  

There are quite a few large waterway vehicles which kids enjoy.  They have created a small build a boat from soft play style pieces, there are smaller activities and puzzles, an animal trail and lots of video clips which my son enjoys watching.  They also run a few boat trips outside (which is an extra cost), which we did not have time to do, but we saw those on the boat and it looked fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a small café at the entrance to the museum which sells coffee and cakes, but it does have some activities and a nice train table for kids to play with.  Next door to the museum is a large Wetherspoon restaurant/pub which has a really good kids menu. Also, the area around the museum outside is quite nice but you can look at the boats.
There is pay and display parking outside the museum and elsewhere in the docks. Parking for blue badge holders outside the museum.

 

Overall, it a nice place to go for an hour or so, and great if its raining or you need something to do apart from shopping.