Getting To The Docks
Docks and Gloucester Quays are well
sign-posted with brown signs on the main approach roads. For those
with satellite navigation aids, the post code is
GL1 2EH. Car park (pay & display) can be accessed
direct from Southgate St.
Cars are not allowed to cross Llanthony Bridge. The
nearest Park & Ride bus stop is in Southgate
For further guidance, see map of Gloucester.
for visiting boats are administered by the Canal & River Trust, based in the Dock Office.
Sanitary station keys, electric or pump-out cards,
long term boat licences and information
about local canals can be obtained in person from the Gloucester
Waterways Museum reception.
Barge Restaurant - serving English food near
the Mariners Chapel.
Cafe on the Cut -
in a converted narrowboat moored in the Barge Arm.
and Caffe Tucci - two Italian-style
coffee shops at
the head of the Barge Arm.
Fosters on the Docks - a restaurant/bar
in Kimberley Warehouse.
Greek on the Docks - serving traditional Greek
McColl's - a convenience store at the east end of the Barge Arm Apartments which
includes a Subway
On Toast - a speciality restaurant on the West
Quay serving a wide range of toast dishes.
on the ground floor of Vinings Warehouse serving a buffet style range
of Indian and Thai dishes.
Weatherspoons pub adjoing the Waterways Museum
- the Lord High Constable of England.
Also cafes at Upstairs
Downstairs Antiques, the Soldiers of Gloucestershire
Museum and the Gloucester Waterways Museum.
City of Gloucester
information on other places of interest in Gloucester,
Gloucester Waterways Museum
(Closed for refurbishment until mid-2016) Occupying three floors of Llanthony
Warehouse, this museum (formerly known as the National Waterways
Museum, Gloucester) features life on Britain's inland waterways
using artifacts, photographs, videos and computer interactives.
It has a shop that is open to all. Historic craft moored by the quay
steam dredger SND No 4, tug Severn Progress, barge
Sabrina and narrow boats Northwich, Wye and
Occupying the former
Custom House at the north end of the Victoria Dock, this Museum tells the story of the lives, travel and
service of the men of the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Gloucestershire
Huzzars over the last 300 years. (More)
Gloucester Leisure Cruises
minute trips down the canal and back from the Waterways
Museum and some longer cruises on the canal and River Severn. See
website for times.
Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet Centre
the south of the main docks area is the Gloucester Quays
designer outlet centre which has an outstanding mix of high street
designer labels at up to 60% off recommended retail prices. Refreshments are
available at various coffee shops and restaurants. (Website)
Maintenance and repair
work on vessels in and around the large and small dry docks is managed by T Nielsen & Co. Craftsmen can be seen
at work using traditional skills aided by modern tools. For information on interesting
vessels currently at Gloucester, see Vessels
Narrowboat Day Hire
Narrowboats offer a day boat for hire with seating for up to
ten passengers, a galley and a flushing toilet. (Website)
The chapel in the
centre of the docks is open to visitors each day, and services are
held on Sundays at 10.30 am and at times during the week - see website
Trust guides lead tours around the docks for pre-booked parties. (Website)
Model Boat Displays
of the Gloucester & District Model Boat Club sail their models
from the entrance to the Victoria Dock each Saturday afternoon.
These include yachts, tugs, paddle boats, hovercraft, submarines,
warships, patrol boats, lifeboats and motor cruisers. (Website)
Gloucester Sea Cadets
cadets moor their boats in the Barge Arm and may often be seen
using them on Monday or Thursday evenings during the summer.
Upstairs Downstairs Antiques
in clocks, furniture and lighting, across Severn Rd from the
Lock Warehouse. Cafe on the first floor.
micro brewery, shop and tasting room in Fox's Kiln (next to
open Tuesday to Saturday, with guided tours available. (Website)
MV Edward Elgar
This vessel, based at Alexandra Quay, is the biggest hotel boat now cruising UK
inland waters. She offers holiday cruises for 2 to
7 days right along the Severn navigation between Sharpness
and Stourport-on-Severn. (Website)