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London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England (Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras)
44-20-7713-0836
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Ranked #426 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Type: History 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 the 1860s. It tells the colourful story of the... more » 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. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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South 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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Brisbane
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a hidden gem this in in the hustle and bustle of London and especially around the Kings Cross Area. Well worth a visit if you are interested in the heritage side of the canal system, more so if you happen to like ICE as well - The museum is located in a former Ice warehouse (long before freezers were... More

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited this museum after an excellent canal trip on the canal on the Hidden Depths boat. The museum is easy to find from Kings Cross Station and contains some interesting information. Admission price is reasonable, (concessions for seniors),and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Very informative about how ice was transported there from Norway and how ice cream was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Visited the other day, it's only a short walk from Kings Cross Railway Station. The museum is housed in a former Ice House, there is a lot of information on the ice trade which I didn't know much about, but found very interesting. Upstairs there is some archive footage of canals which I found fascinating to watch. You can also... More

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely loved this museum, small, quirky and extremely friendly with lots of information. The ice cream is delicious too. We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed sitting outside watching the boats. The staff were so helpful. Thankyou.

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We spent a delightful hour here. My husband and I are frequent visitors to the canals, but even we managed to learn something new. The staff are very helpful. There's often something extra going on, so check out their website. Easy to find and well sign posted.

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