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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Festival

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 – address: Waterwells Park & Ride – Gloucester, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AA.

There is also a Park and Ride service from Barnwood fields that commences at 09:30hrs and runs every 15 minutes up to 17:00hrs, with one final bus at 17:30hrs – Address: Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RU

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.

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 sfranklin@gloucesterquays.co.uk for further group travel information.

Festival

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 – address: Waterwells Park & Ride – Gloucester, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AA.

There is also a Park and Ride service from Barnwood fields that commences at 09:30hrs and runs every 15 minutes up to 17:00hrs, with one final bus at 17:30hrs – Address: Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RU

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.

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 sfranklin@gloucesterquays.co.uk for further group travel information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between £3 and £7 Wristbands?

£7 Wristbands are an ‘Access All Areas, All Weekend’ pass. These wristbands will provide the wearer full access to the festival over the entire three days as well as allowing access onto the Tall Ships, Into the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and the National Waterways Museum, all weekend.

£3 Wristbands only provide the wearer with access to the site and not onto the Ships or the Museums.

Can We Buy Tickets on the Day?

YES, you can buy all tickets on the day at the gates which are situated at each entrance into the festival.

Can We Upgrade if We Change Our Mind?

YES, from any of the ticket gates or the tourist information stall situated on Victoria Basin.

Can I Come and Go From the Site With My Wristband?

YES, but it must be kept on your wrist

How Can I Find Out What Times The Shows Are?

You would need to buy a Gloucester Tall Ships Festival program

What Activities Are Free On Site?

All the ‘On Water’ attractions are FREE to view.

All the ‘On Land’ Shows are also FREE to view.

The Children’s Arts & Crafts

Baby Changing and Feeding Service

Climbing Wall

Air Soft

Crazy Golf

Where is the Baby Changing / Feeding Area?

The Old Fountain Area – This is located at the back of Fosters Pub, next to the Children’s FREE Arts and Crafts.

How Do I Avoid Ques For The Ships?

To avoid large waiting times to get access onto the Tall Ships, the quieter times of the festival are 10am – 11am, or after 4pm (All Days).

Are Dogs Allowed On Site?

NO, only guide dogs are allowed.

How Many Children Are Allowed Per Adult?

2

Gloucester Docks