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London Canal Museum

Neighborhood: Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
History museums, Museums
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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Ice Cold Canal

This isn't one of the biggest museums in London but it has an informative number of posters and hands-on displays. There is more of an ice emphasis rather than canal or... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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New Forest, UK
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New Forest, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This isn't one of the biggest museums in London but it has an informative number of posters and hands-on displays. There is more of an ice emphasis rather than canal or narrowboat theme but the general picture is reasonably balanced. The museum sits right on a basin within the Regents Canal network and is located (hidden away) a short walk... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Came down on a day trip from Newcastle and wanted a museum to visit. This was easy walking distance from Kings Cross Station so decided to visit. It was raining hard so we were unable to go outside, which was a shame. Displays were interesting but a bit sparse. Would love to have seen more of canal folk art on... More 

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Yorkshire Dales
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You know how it is, you find yourself in London with hours to spare before your train home. Well she and I take to visiting place we should go to but never have. We found the London Canal Museum by chance walking back to Kings Cross from Campden Passage and Cannonbury. It was on our large scale map, but not... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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anon
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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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6 attraction reviews
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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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Oxford
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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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