Victoria Basin moorings is set behind the main Gloucester Docks basin area, which is popular with both visitors and locals alike. Gloucester Docks was once a vital port for the transfer of cargoes between the River Severn and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. The location is set amongst some of the finest examples of industrial heritage to be seen anywhere on the inland waterways network.
There's a great mix of waterside museums, bars, cafes, restaurants and Designer Outlet shopping plus beautiful new communal squares, walkways and dramatic public art, all nestling comfortably alongside the docks’ maritime heritage.
Nearby, the Gloucester Waterways Museum occupies one of the original nineteenth century warehouses and contains the Canal & River Trust's National Collection of historic boats and canal artefacts. Other leisure attractions around the dockside include shops and restaurants, the Regiments of Gloucester Museum.
Within the Basin there is a good mix of berths accessed via timber pontoons which are suitable for cruisers, narrowboats & wide-beam boats. The site can accommodate up to 45 boats in total. Within 5 minutes' walk there is an array of shops, banks, a post office, pubs, restaurants and many other tourist attractions.
The site is set within Gloucester Docks, off Southgate Street (A4301).
If travelling from the M5 north, exit at junction 11 and follow the signs towards Gloucester Docks on the A40 northern by-pass. At the Over Bridge roundabout turn left onto the A417 Over Causeway and follow the signs to Gloucester Docks. Carry on along The Quay and into Commercial Road, which leads onto Southgate Street. There is a pay & display car park on the right-hand side, just after you pass the county court offices. Victoria Basin moorings are directly below this car park.
If travelling from the M5 south, exit at junction 12 onto the B4008 following the signs to Gloucester City Centre/Gloucester Docks on the A38 Bristol Road. Proceed on towards the city and carry on into Southgate Street. Just after passing the Tall Ship pub on the left you will see the entrance to the Pay & Display car park, just before the county court offices. Victoria Basin moorings are directly below this car park.
These basin moorings have electrical hook-up to each berth. Electricity is supplied on a Smart meter pre-pay system and each electrical bollard has a water tap fixed to the side. There are several fire extinguishers around the pontoons, as well as some salt grit bins. The refuse disposal Biffa bin is within a wooden compound at the bottom of the steps that lead up to the County Court building, just opposite the mooring site access gate/ramp.
Additional shared customer facilities, including toilets and showers, can be found within Harbour House on the other side of Gloucester Docks, which is approximately 300 metres west of the site. The nearest pump-out and elsan facilities can be found at Llanthony Bridge, just outside of the main Gloucester Docks, infront of the Gloucestershire College main building.
The pontoons are accessed through an unsecured pedestrian gate from the northeast end of Victoria Basin. The wooden pontoons have been covered with anti-slip boarding and the duct covers are painted with anti-slip paint.
Access into the Victoria Basin area from Gloucester Docks is via a swing-bridge, which is user operated using a standard CRT key at the control panel.
IMPORTANT NOTES: The site has no dedicated car parking for mooring customers. There is limited vehicular access to the moorings with a maximum of 30 minutes for loading and unloading purposes. Moorers are issued with the code for the drop bollard to access this part of the docks and this permission is granted at the discretion of The Gloucester Docks Management Company. A pay & display car park is available within Gloucester Docks, just off Southgate Street.
The pontoons can be viewed from the basin perimeter. If you require access to view the pontoons, please contact the Moorings Manager to make viewing arrangements.