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London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England (Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras)
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Ranked #360 of 851 Attractions in London
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I only knew of this museum while walking past a sign pointing to its location down the east side of St Pancras station and decided on the spur of the moment to visit. It is just a small museum, but worth while to anyone who has an interest in canals of England in general and London in particular. Of special... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Strolling around London before our Train home and noticed the sign directing us to the Canal Museum, Two Staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful we spent our time listening to the news reels and looking at the exhibits. I was wishing we had more time as the Shop had many books at reasonable prices, I shall make sure my next... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We had our wedding at the canal museum a few weeks ago and went often in the run up - lovely informative museum with very helpful staff, and a great venue for a party too.

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Not a lot here but the one thing I came away with was the fact that this building stored Ice that was brought in by boat form Norway. I can’t imagine them doing this but they did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Exceptional and very interesting museum based on what is on display and rarity of the exhibits. Were fortunate to have had a ride on a canal or narrow boat along the Thames, but even so actually walking through the canal boat at the museum enabled us to comprehend how small living space was on them, even seeing how every inch... More

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