Open on weekends 30th March to 3rd November 2019
Visitors to the Yorkshire Waterways Museum can learn about the Aire and Calder Navigation and its role in creating the company port and town of Goole in the ‘Aire and Calder Gallery’ and learn all about the ‘Tom Puddings’ – the unique way of transporting and transhipping coal from the Yorkshire coalfields through Goole Docks to London and the continent.
In the ‘Sail and Keel’ Gallery visitors can learn about waterways archaeology in the St. Aiden’s displays and about the traditional industries found in a port town.
The Museum has a varied yearly programme of events including the popular ‘FolkSail Festival’ where traditional sailing barges and folk musicians meet for a weekend of fun. An up to date list can be found on our website or on our social media pages.
The Museum runs boat trips for visitors at weekends, bank holidays and local school holidays. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 children or £15 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3 children). Trips last approximately 45 minutes.
Facilities at the Museum include a cafe which offers light meals, snacks and refreshments. A gift shop with a wide range of gifts for every age and budget.
The Museum is the start point for the ‘tow path nature trail’ which follows the old Aire and Calder Navigation town path. There are several paths to walk with ponds and features along the way. Outdoors at the Museum there are interpretation panels explaining about our boats, which include:
‘Service’ – a boat on permanent loan from Waddingtons of Swinton which has recently been converted into a floating classroom.
‘Wheldale’ – an original Tom Pudding tug
‘Waterstart’ – a broad beamed Narrowboat
‘Telethon Louise’ – an ex-ships life boat now used for trips
‘Sobriety’ – a Humber keel that is used to take out day and residential trips
The Yorkshire Waterways Museum has a primary school education programme that links the curriculum to our collections, and pupils enjoy learning in the relaxing setting of our Canal side Museum.
Group visits are very welcome to the Museum by prior booking, and we can offer a full catering service. Staff and volunteers can also attend your event or meeting to talk about the Museum and the social history of the waterways.
Apart from our trips into Goole Docks, visitors can also book for day trips along the canal or the River Humber, and also residential trips aboard our historic Humber Keel ‘Sobriety’. Sobriety has recently been refurbished and has 12 bunks, full disabled access and kitchen facilities.
The Museum grew out of The Sobriety Project because it was, and still is, seen as an organisation that celebrates the waterways and keeps traditional skills alive. The Museum collection consists of the boats, objects, paintings and many hundreds of photographs and books. Most of the objects and paintings are on display in the galleries and books are available to view in our reference library.