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London Canal Museum

#464 of 1,275 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
Description: A waterside museum of London's canals and the Victorian ice trade, set in...
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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Canal museum

My family consists of a 3 year old, 12 year old,13 year old, my husband and myself. We visited on a Friday during the school holidays prior to going to the theatre. The museum was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Michele W
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Kent, United Kingdom

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I love canals and anything to do with them, however this so called museum is a waste of time and money. Half a barge inside and mainly small not very rare items.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My family consists of a 3 year old, 12 year old,13 year old, my husband and myself. We visited on a Friday during the school holidays prior to going to the theatre. The museum was very fair price of £10 for a family ticket. The lady on the till spent 5 minute telling us a brief description of the articles... More 

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St Albans
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We visited during the school holidays on one of their 'Watery Wednesday' family activity days. For just £14, the whole family had a really enjoyable afternoon. A short voyage along the Regents Canal in a boat was included and a highlight for all of us. My 6 year old loved taking part in a range of activities including traditional plate... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Situated in a building built in the 1860's as an ice warehouse, this museum shows the history of the London canals and the people who worked in the area. There is a continuously running collection of videos upstairs and this is worth sitting and watching for about 20 minutes. Only GBP3.00 for over 60's and several hands-on items including a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Gives a lot of information on the history of the canals. Very interesting for children and adults. Also near to the canal to take a walk after visiting the museum. Would recommend this museum to anyone visiting London whether a Londoner or from overseas.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Went on an absolutely amazing canal walking tour with your guide Charlie. His passion for the canal and its history was striking. Even though we were just three people in the group, Charlie took his time and made sure we understood all parts of the history of the canal. One of the best parts was that he had even found... More 

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

Thank you very much for writing this review, it is really appreciated and I am very glad that you enjoyed the walk so much. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We visited 28/7/15 with 4 children 2 adults. It was only £10 to get in but the kids got bored after 10 mins or so because they wasn't much to do or see. The only part they did enjoy was going out onto the canal and looking at the barges. We was told it was free so I don't know... More 

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

I am sorry your children were bored. I wonder if you missed some of the things that are well-suited to children? -Exploring the cabin of the narrowboat Coronis - children seem to love this -working the boat through the model lock -doing Hentietta's trail around the museum, provided specially for children -using the activity zone for children including making a... More 

York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We came down to the "Smoke" to renew our Oyster card and after following the exploits of Timothy West and his wife along the Grand Union Canal, we decided to explore down York Way alongside Kings Cross station.we came across the canal museum not 15 minutes walk away. What a little gem of a place.Very welcoming with a splendid brochure... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

In April 2015 we toured the London Canal Museum, and were very impressed with what we saw and learned. Many interesting exhibits were on display, and this was an excellent follow-up to our Jason's Canal trip. I would recommend this museum to anyone interested in London's history. Shawn and Juliana Rannard, Port Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Small but excellent museum if you are interested in the history of the canals and at a very good value for money. Theres plenty of activities and the informations boards, exhibitions, are very well done. Allthough some of the exhibitions are quite old, its still very informative.

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

Thank you for your review and I am glad you enjoyed the museum. We are working this year on replacing the oldest of the exhibitions and some will be replaced later this year. The remainder should be replaced in 2016, if all goes as expected. More 

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