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Visitor Information

Dear friends and visitors,

The 'Friends of Purton' wish to issue the warmest of Gloucestershire welcomes to all who come to take in the sights and sounds of the largest ships' graveyard in mainland Britain. However, please be advised that the collection is situated on privately owned land and access is only possible with the continued good will and support of both landowners and villagers.

Purton welcomes considerate visitors and therefore, we request that you kindly help to preserve the delicate balance of this archaeological time capsule site, which is situated in the heart of an active farming community and a region rich in flora and fauna, by observing the following good practice and neighbourly conduct:

Ensure car sharing is practised where ever possible and kindly utilise the village car park, situated opposite the church;

The site should be entered via the Severn Way, the tow path alongside the Sharpness to Gloucester Canal;

Please consider residents' privacy whilst passing through the village;

Dogs should remain on a lead whilst passing Canalbank Cottages and owners are requested to remove faeces to the bins provided;

Whilst on the site, please remain on designated footpaths;

There are no public toilets or shopping facilities at Purton, kindly prepare for this;

Please observe the Countryside Code by removing litter and closing all gates;

As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) camping and open fires are prohibited at all times;

As a unique archaeological site climbing on the remains and the removal of artefacts is strictly prohibited;

You and your family's personal safety remains your responsibly at all times.

Thank you for your co–operation, in doing so you enable this wonderful rural idyll to be enjoyed by all those that follow.

Have a safe and memorable day
Take nothing but photographs - leave nothing but footprints

Preservation through Documentation



From the South:

Leave M5 Northbound Junction 14 signposted Dursley (1st exit) turn left to join A38 (sign posted Dursley);

Turn right onto A38 head North (signposted Dursley/Gloucester;

Pass through several villages including Stone;

Enter Berkeley Heath and pass turning on left signposted Sharpness - Docks (adjacent to independent petrol station);

Continue on A38 for 1 mile to take next turning on left signposted Breadstone Halmore – Purton;

Travel for 2 miles, take right turning on sharp left hand bend, signposted Purton. Continue until you enter village, approx 1.5miles;

Park in car park opposite the church.


From the North

Leave M5 Southbound Junction 13 signposted Stroud, take 3rd exit marked Dursley;

0.5 miles to next roundabout on A38;

Take 1st exit marked Dursley;

Travel 8 miles South passing through Cambridge with the public house The George on your right (caution speed camera in area);

Continue to roundabout taking second exit, straight across, marked Bristol (Slimbridge WWT can be accessed from 3rd exit);

1.5m Pass petrol station on left, continue straight on;

2.0m Pass public house The Prince of Wales on left 0.1m;

Turn right signposted Breadstone, Halmore – Purton;

Travel for 2 miles, take right turning on sharp left hand bend, signposted Purton. Continue until you enter village, approx 1.5miles;

Park in car park opposite the church.


Eating in the area


St John the Evangelists, in the centre of Purton village provides cream teas throughout the summer, see notice board at the church for opening times.


Lammastide, Brookend, 01453 811337 - 0.5m south website


The Malthouse, Berkeley, 01453 511177 - 2.0m south website


Berkeley Arms, Berkeley, 01453 811177 - 2. 1m south website


Salutation, Berkeley, 01453 810284 - 2.3m south website


The Prince of Wales, Berkeley 01453 810474 - 3.9m north website


The Tudor Arms, Slimbridge, 01453 890306 - 7.2m north website




The Malthouse, Berkeley

2.0m south


Berkeley Arms, Berkeley 2. 1m south


The Prince of Wales

3.9m north


The Tudor Arms, Slimbridge

7.2m north


Caravan Club Site


Berkeley Hunt Farm, Purton

0.2n north

Miss S Nelson 01453 811217


Other attractions in the area


Gloucester Docks

15m north


Saul Junction

10m north


Slimbridge Wetland and Wildlife Trust 7.5m north


Cattle Country

3m south


Berkeley Castle

2.5m south


The Edward Jenner Museum

2.4m south


Thank you.