Visiting on your boat

The museum has its own mooring and when it is not in use for boat trips or school groups, we welcome visitors who arrive by boat and moor outside.

Where we are

The museum is in Battlebridge Basin. If you are coming from the Camden direction turn right into the basin after St. Pancras Lock and after you pass the steps up to Granary Square. We are just after Maiden Lane Bridge (Street name; York Way). If you are coming from the Islington direction, turn left into the first basin after Islington Tunnel. The museum is towards the end of the basin, on the left.

How long can you stay?

If the mooring is free, you can stay as long as you need to visit the museum, and a short time beore or after, for example to have coffee on board. please vacate the mooring when your visit is over so that it can be used by others. There is space for two nattowboats so you may be moored alongside another boat.

There is no mooring charge if people travelling on the boat are paying admission charges to the museum.

When to visit

On Thursdays and Sundays we operate regular boat trips so you will not be able to moor on those days other than for a short time between trip boat departures when you can drop off or collect other crew members.On Fridays there is one boat trip departing 1100 so the mooring is available after that time but you may be asked to move when the boat trip returns at around 1530

On Some days boat trips are provided in connection with school visits or adult groups. We can never guarantee the availability of the mooring but it is often possible to work around these trips. Liase with staff and other boat crews on the day.


Customers visiting the museum and paying entry charges may use the water tap on the wall of the museum. You will need the code for the lock. Please ask staff.

Staying the night

Mooring overnight is possible but must be booked online. You cannot book an overnight mooring in person at the museum. With rare exceptions, mooring is for one night only between 1615 and 1000. The charge is 15.