Life in Goole has always centred around the docks, locks and canal basins built by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company in 1826. Goole was the meeting point of the canal and the River Ouse, and as such it became an important trading centre and link out to sea. Today it is the busiest inland port in the country. These days, as well as the busy industry that the port creates, hundreds of privately owned leisure boats are moored in the basin, creating a lively and colourful marina. To find out more about the importance of the waterways visit the Waterways Museum and Adventure Centre where interactive exhibits, model boats and walk-in displays tell the history of the port. This is also a venue for photographic and contemporary art exhibitions, and an arts barge. When you have finihsed exploring the museum follow the mile-long nature trail which extends along the canal towpath towards Rawcliffe.
In the town centre there is an excellent Victorian Market as well as several pubs and cafes to choose from. Goole Museum and Art Gallery tells more of the history of the port. Nearby, at Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve, the lagoons and reedbeds are home to rare breeding birds including Marsh Harriers, Avocets and Bearded Tits. And if bird watching is too quiet a pastime for the children, take them to White House Farm, a 200 acre farm with hundreds of animals to get to know.
Map reference: SE 747236 Lat: 53.70348 Long: -0.86990
East Yorkshire is accessible from the UK's motorway network connecting with the M62, M1, A1, M180 and M18. The M62 motorway runs past the edge of the town - leave at Junction 36 and follow the signs for the town centre.
By Public Transport: There are regular bus services from York, Hull and Doncaster and a frequent Train service from Doncaster and Hull.
Parking: with charge
Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Goole station