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London Canal Museum

Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England (Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras)
Phone Number: 44-20-7713-0836
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Ranked #273 of 919 Attractions in London
Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A waterside museum of London's canals and the Victorian ice trade, set in a former ice warehouse of...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I've passed this museum several times on my way to a meeting venue close by and today I had the time to pop in and it was well worth the visit. The history of canals and the people who made them and worked them is very interesting as is the history of the building itself which was originally an ice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Quirky little museum, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the Kings Cross / St. Pancras area. Would visit again - perhaps in combination with a canalside walk.

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This museum is hidden away behind Kings Cross Station but well worth seeking out. Part of it is about the history of London Canals and part about the history of the building which was once an ice warehouse. My three year old was fascinated by the ice well and the photos of people harvesting ice but also by the mock... More 

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Pendleton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very informative about canals and fascinating about the ice cream trade. Love the basin behind the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you are interested in history and/or boating this small museum on the Regent's Canal is well worth a visit. I particularly enjoyed the old movie footage of life on the canal years ago, and the history of the building where ice was brought from Norway to make ice-cream. There is enough of interest for you to spend an hour... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice little museum with displays of the old canal boat history. Very interesting to see how these things were built and used back in the early days.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a couple of hours to kill and found the museum. We were very surprised how good it was - a real glimpse into the surprisingly recent past of canals and (surprisingly) ice and ice cream. Recommended, though not for younger children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A ten minute walk from Kings Cross station brings you to the museum tucked away by the canal and wharf. An old ice museum with lots to read about the old glory days of the canal network. There are also very old films of work on the canal and the canals in use during WW1 A good way to spend... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

An interesting place with some really well done displays re the local London canals, people who lived and worked on them, history throughout wartime, commerce and family life. Really absorbing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Situated around the back of Kings Cross station this two storey warehouse building houses lots of canal and ice cream related history and memorobilia including an impressively large ice well. Ideal for primary school kids wanting to learn about both subjects including audio interviews of relatives of those involved in both trades. There is a corner activity area which kept... More 

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