Today we visit Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in the country and a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port. 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. We have included a guided tour of the National Waterways Museum, charting the fascinating 200- year history of the docks and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The Grade 11 listed museum warehouse is being renovated in the early part of 2018 with new interactive exhibits, museum shop, cafe and boat trips around the dock.
There are lots of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants around the Gloucester Quays area and also lots of benches and picnic tables. The Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet Centre sells a good mix of High Street and Designer labels at much reduced prices. The Soldiers of
Gloucester 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.
There is also a working dry dock where craftsmen can be seen at work using traditional skills aided by modern tools. All in all, there is plenty for everyone to see and do.
We will call in at Gloucester Farm Shop at the M5 Motorway Services on our way home with time for more than the usual comfort stop as we know this is a favourite place to buy amazing food etc. or enjoy delicious tea and cakes. We aim to be back in Chippenham before 5.30pm.
Westbury (Chandlers) 8.10am Trowbridge 8.25am Bradford-on-Avon 8.40am
Holt 8.50am Chippenham 9.15am
Leader: Jill Walker 01373 303226 Cost: £24.50
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