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Learning at Gloucester Waterways Museum


School visits

Our museum galleries have many hands-on displays which children love and there are historic boats to visit on the docks outside. We give children an authentic and lively experience of waterways heritage that really brings history to life for them.

To support your visit we offer;

  • worksheets and other resources
  • free planning visit
  • choice of activities
  • boat trip with historical commentary.


  • boat related crafts such as rag-rugging, ‘Roses & Castles’ painting and rope making
  • costumed role-play exploring late 19th century lives, living and working on canal boats

Boat trips
Our educational boat trips include a commentary that brings to life the history of the docks, the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, and the River Severn.

And our tour boat, Queen Boudica II, has, herself, an important place in our history. She was one of the ‘little ships’ of Dunkirk and in May 1940 helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Further Information and bookings
To discuss your visit and learning requirements please call 01452 318200 or email us.

Click here to download a copy of our Schools Booking Form.

Wild Over Waterways
This website has topic packs, fact files, activities and trails to make learning about canals and rivers easy and fun. It is targeted at children aged 7 to 11.

Click here and select 'Grown Ups' to access this treasure trove of ideas and information, including great materials on Gloucester, waterways habitats, water safety and much more.


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 Playgroup at the museum.

School group in costume.

Meeting the museum's diver.



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