Gloucester Quays and Docks
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Gloucester Quays - part of the city’s historic docks area - can trace its roots back to the 1800s and was once the hub of the UK’s most inland shipping port. Today pleasure boats have replaced the ships and barges and the docks are a lively visitor attraction with year round events and family entertainment – from outdoor theatre to weekend food markets.
As an ancient port, and later when port status was granted by Elizabeth I in 1580, shipping to and from Gloucester had to navigate the treacherous tidal River Severn. The Docks and associated canal to Sharpness, completed in 1827, changed that and enabled significant growth in trade with all continents. Cargoes of grain and timber dominated, though goods including wines and spirits and oranges and lemons were brought by large sea going ships. Salt from Worcestershire was the main return cargo.
The fine group of Victorian warehouse stored imported grain for transshipment across the country by canal and railway.
A mariners chapel was built in 1849 to minister to visiting sailors. Ivor Gurney, a local composer and Great War poet, was organist here, and is commemorated by an artwork by Wolfgang Buttress.
As ships grew larger and railways and road transport took over, only smaller vessels used the docks commercially – bringing in petroleum and carob for chocolate making. Commercial use of the docks ceased at the end of the twentieth century.
1899 saw the arrival in the city of Howard Blackburn, a disabled American sea captain, who sailed single-handed across the Atlantic from Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The docks still have an active shipwright; and now act as a marina and visitor destination – visitors can see the Waterways Museum and the award winning Regiments of Gloucestershire Museum, as well as regular Tall Ships festivals and other events. Contemporary landscaping and public art also enhance the current setting for waterside restaurants and shopping.
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Bank Hols* 10am - 6pm
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Sun 11:30am - 10pm
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