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London Canal Museum

#326 of 1,293 things to do in London
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Neighborhood: Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
Phone Number: 44-20-7713-0836
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A waterside museum of London's canals and the Victorian ice trade, set in a...

A waterside museum of London's canals and the Victorian ice trade, set in a former ice warehouse of the 1860s. It tells the colourful story of the canals, their people, horses and trade. Peer down into a huge ice well, uniquely preserved, and learn about the ice trade. Go inside a narrowboat cabin, meet the horse, and watch archive film. Free MP3 audio tour for download from the museum website for your own player.

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A chance to find out more about the UK's industrial past

If you can get to Euston or Kings X station early you are within walking distance of the London Canal Museum - bit check the opening times to avoid disappointment. The museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Peter S
Rockhampton, Australia

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Rockhampton, Australia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can get to Euston or Kings X station early you are within walking distance of the London Canal Museum - bit check the opening times to avoid disappointment. The museum exhibits cater well for all ages and provide many insights into a lesser slice of history in addition to much useful information about how you can gain some... More 

Thank Peter S
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my 3 year old for a visit to the museum and we both really enjoyed it. My Son loved the boat and playing pirates on it. The Gentleman who greeted us at the door almost apologised for charging us £4 to get in, which is very cheap to celebrate a piece of our history. There is an activity... More 

Thank markriley23
Greater London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The museum is on 2 floors. It contains information about the history of canal boats and also information about ice storage before refrigerators. It sounds boring but I found it quite an interesting way to spent an hour or so. You have to pay but the price is reasonable and I went on a Sunday so it was easy to... More 

Thank Madeleine S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This little museum tucked away behind Kings Cross is different. It covers the history and usage of Regents Canals and other minor London Canals. And it also covers the Victorian ice trade. The later is worth reading about if nothing else. For a small museum if you have an hour to spare it is worth visiting.

London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I enjoy small quirky museums in London and this was no exception! The museum is all about the Regent's Canal (which runs from Limehouse to Paddington) and trade upon it. The early canal boats were horse drawn (the horse would walk along the tow path, pulling the boat by rope) and upstairs in the museum is where they used to... More 

Thank LondonCultureseekers
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. You may be interested to know that since you visited in January 2015 we have updated and upgraded one of our core exhibitions, the one about The Regent's Canal. We are working on further improvements to the exhibitions for 2016. More 

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73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Located in London’s King’s Cross area, the building that houses this intriguing London museum was itself an ice-warehouse built for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, in 1862, where canal boats would deliver their cargoes of ice to be distributed throughout Victorian London. The London Canal Museum tells the story of London’s canals from the days when they were... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My brother and I were in London (McDonald Hotel near King Cross) and I suggested that we see the nearby London Canal Museum because he is a very knowledgable about the Ohio canals that operated in the early 1800s. He was a little interested, but once we arrived, he really got into the displays and enjoyed comparing the canal boats... More 

Thank Purfessor
New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Am leaving as the 2 teenagers at the front desk have not stopped talking since we arrived which means I can only hear about their study experience instead of being able to enjoy this quaint view of canal life and the biography of a London ice maker .. do they not understand how loud they are, such a shame as... More 

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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. I don't think this represents the usual visitor experience but you make a point that we will bring into our staff training programme - I am sure that the impact this had was not appreciated, and I'm sorry that it marred your visit. More 

Countesthorpe, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Nice little museum, well laid out, a nice walk along the canal to Camden is well worth it, pick up the towpath guide for £2.00, & don't miss the new Kings Cross Central on the way for the dancing fountains!!

Thank Nick C
Three Rivers, California
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

OK... This is a small museum on a canal with the quirky English history you have to look far to find. It's about canals with an antique narrow boat for the small kids to pretend to pirate crew! Too funny. Found a dad his with his 5 yr old son who loves the boat he climbs on and through. The... More 

Thank Linda D

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