Travel Info

A whole host of lively characters will be running amok at Gloucester Tall Ships including:

Swashbuckling adventures with loveable rogue, Captain Jack Sparrow, and pirate crew. Our Captain Jack actually appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides!

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Gloucester is situated on two major roads – the M5 and the A40. The closest motorway link to the city is the M5, junction 11 from the North and junction 12 from the South. It is also close to the M4 and M50 and served by a comprehensive network of rail, air and coach links.

Park and Ride

Gloucester has two park and ride sites operate during the festival. Waterwells Park and Ride is south of the city and St Oswalds is north of the city. On Sunday 26 May, Park and Ride will be running especially for the Tall Ships Festival.

Car Parking

Please follow Event Car Park signs or use one of Gloucester’s many city centre car parks which will be within walking distance of Historic Gloucester Docks.

Disabled parking has been reserved in the Southgate Street car park adjacent to the Docks.

You can find out more information about car parking in Gloucester from Gloucester City Council’s Car Parking page.

By Rail

Gloucester Railway Station is a short walk from Gloucester City Centre, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays.

Coach parking

Parking for coaches is available at Westgate NCP, this is a 5 minute walk away from Historic Gloucester Docks and is open from 7am – 7pm throughout the event. There are coach drop off points at Gloucester Quays and in Gloucester Docks.

If you are a travel company representing a group of visitors, please contact Sam Franklin on 01452 338901 or email for further group travel information.

Information for Boaters

You can find important information for visitors travelling by boat here.

Gloucester Docks