Historic Docks

Type:Historic Site / Building

The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2ER
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Historic Gloucester Docks

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About

Fifteen Victorian warehouses stand as proud guardians to Britain's most inland port. The former dock estate has become a popular destination where visitors can enjoy interesting views and a range of modern facilities while wandering around a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port. Views include many fine late Victorian era warehouses, a working dry dock, a Mariners Chapel and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses.
Where ships once discharged their cargoes, there is now an ever-changing miscellany of visiting narrow boats, smart motor cruisers and the occasional yacht or tall ship. Home to Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet, Gloucester Waterways Museum, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre. You will also find a range of waterfront bars, restaurants and coffee shops located within the Quays. The whole area is suitable for wheelchairs.
Gloucester's Historic Docks is a public site and there is no fee to enter this area.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free admission - Free AdmissionFree

Gloucester's Historic Docks is a public site and there is no fee to enter this area.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Not in catering units.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Restaurants, cafe bars and take aways.
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Cot Available

Establishment Features

  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location - Amazing Grace was filmed here
  • In town/city centre
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Free Entry
  • Groups Accepted - None

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Japanese printed material

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A430 (Kingsholm Road). At the traffic lights turn left onto Black Dog Way and follow the road (past the Train Station on your left and then Asda on your left). At the next set of traffic lights continue forward (Trier Way). Continue forward at the next set of traffic lights and then stay in the right hand lane (you will see Gloucester Park on your right). At the cross roads continue forward on to St. Ann Way and turn right at the next set of lights in to the Quays car park.

From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next roundabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the right hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). At the traffic lights turn right onto St. Ann Way. Continue forward at the next set of lights and then turn left in to the car park at the next set of lights. This is a multi storey car park where there is plenty of parking for visitnig Gloucester Docks and the Quays Shopping Outlet.

Public Transport Directions

If you are arriving by Train come out of the Train Station and cross Bruton Way into the Bus Station. Walk through the archway and out on to Station Road. Cross Station Road and continue forward on to Clarence Street. At the end of Clarence Street, turn right in to Eastgate Street. At the end of Eastgate Street you will arrive at the 'cross'; where the four main gate streets meet. Turn left in to Southgate Street. Walk down Southgate Street until you can see the Docks to your right. Turn right into the main Docks area and then take the first left. Continue forward and into the entrance of the car park. This is a multi storey car park where there is plenty of parking for visitnig Gloucester Docks and the Quays Shopping Outlet.

Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2022

Opening Times

* You can walk in and out of the Docks area at any time as the gates are not locked. Please see the relevant websites for opening times of Museums and Attractions.