Victoria Basin L1 Leisure

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 the newly refurbished GRP pontoons, which are suitable for cruisers, narrowboats and a couple of berths that are suitable for wide-beam boats. The site can accommodate up to 44 boats in total. Within 5 minutes' walk there is an array of shops, banks, a post office, pubs, restaurants and many other tourist attractions, including Gloucester Cathedral, in the historic City Centre.

Site Facilities
Drinking Water Electricity Refuse Disposal
Nearest Road

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.

Nearest Station


Nearest Town


Additional Information

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, located directly opposite the mooring site access gate/ramp.

Additionally, shared toilet facilities 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 Pontoons, just outside of Llanthony Bridge and the main Gloucester Docks, in front of the Gloucestershire College main building. The facilities listed are provided by and under the control of the local waterway, they do not form part of the mooring agreement.

The Victoria Basin mooring pontoons are accessed through a pedestrian gate from the northeast end of Victoria Basin. The gate is fitted with a combination key pad.

All customer items must be stored on their boat and not on any of the surrounding pontoon areas on the mooring site.

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.

Please note the map and images are for the whole site and for descriptive purposes only. They do not represent the exact location of the berth advertised.

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.

This is a leisure site and is determined by us to be a mooring site for the storage of boats between leisure use, customers may well spend weekends on this site, and occasionally longer periods, but it is not sold as, or intended to be suitable for long term residential use. This site does not have local authority planning consent for residential use, neither does it have the level of facilities and service expected of such a mooring. As such the offer that we have is only intended to meet the needs of a leisure boater.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Access Restrictions

The swing-bridge between the main Gloucester Docks into Victoria Basin is self-operated. Full operating instructions are detailed on the console. Customers will require a Canal & River Trust key to use the swing-bridge, which cost £7.28 per key.

The official Canal & River Trust key is a necessity for all boaters planning to navigate our canals and rivers. It gives you access to our sanitary stations as well as some of our locks & bridges.

Car Parking
None/Public Road
Facilities Block
Gated Access
Combination Number Code
Low Level Lighting
Pontoon Type
Floating with Timber Surface
Viewing Arrangements

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.

  • Drinking Water
  • Electricity
  • Refuse Disposal
Maria Osborne