Travel Info

By Car

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 will be available 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 Gloucester Tourist Information Centre on 01452 396572 or email tourism@gloucester.gov.uk for further group travel information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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

How Do I Avoid Queues 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?

Though dogs are not barred from the festival, we would strongly discourage people from bringing dogs. The festival features gunfire and other loud noises which may cause alarm.  As a heritage site, the historic docks has walkways and bridges which slow progress through the site and dogs can become distressed in queues. It is understood however, that some visitors may need to bring their dogs and we ask that they are kept under close control at all times.  

Gloucester Docks