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London Canal Museum

#443 of 1,283 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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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

A waterside museum of London's canals and the Victorian ice trade, set...

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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It's not Stoke Bruerne, but!!!

Nice little museum, well laid out, a nice walk along the canal to Camden is well worth it, pick up the towpath guide for £2.00, & don't miss the new Kings Cross Central on the way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Nick C
Countesthorpe, England, United Kingdom

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Am leaving as the 2 teenagers at the front desk have not stopped talking since we arrived which means I can only hear about their study experience instead of being able to enjoy this quaint view of canal life and the biography of a London ice maker .. do they not understand how loud they are, such a shame as... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. I don't think this represents the usual visitor experience but you make a point that we will bring into our staff training programme - I am sure that the impact this had was not appreciated, and I'm sorry that it marred your visit. More 

Countesthorpe, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Nice little museum, well laid out, a nice walk along the canal to Camden is well worth it, pick up the towpath guide for £2.00, & don't miss the new Kings Cross Central on the way for the dancing fountains!!

Thank Nick C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

OK... This is a small museum on a canal with the quirky English history you have to look far to find. It's about canals with an antique narrow boat for the small kids to pretend to pirate crew! Too funny. Found a dad his with his 5 yr old son who loves the boat he climbs on and through. The... More 

Thank Linda D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I work in the area and have often promised myself a visit. So with an afternoon free, I finally did it. Just behind Kings Cross, for a small entrance fee there are two floors of exhibits covering ice, ice-cream and the role of canals in this. The exhibits are interactive and very informative. I would certainly bring children here, it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This little museum is packed with information about canals, the navvies who built them and the narrowboat men & women who worked them. There are some hands-on displays for kids to enjoy and keep adults entertained and also an old ice pit, an upstairs stable and an outdoor canal basin to view. We liked the interactive story of ice cream... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Excellent tour of the Regent's Canal and an 800m tunnel. Very intetesting information from the man steering the canal barge with good illustrations on the past use of the canal. Intetesting small museum. Short walk from Kings Cross station and easy to find. Good value and highly recomnended. Just go!!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Due to lottery money the big museums are Free with a suggested £3 donation & take hours to get around.Canal museum is £4 & takes 30 mins to go around.i did find it interesting but I would've actually liked to go inside a real boat parked on the wharf outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Dear Martin, We would like to thank you and your team for a much improved canal trip on Sunday 9th August @ 1200. (1st trip May 2015) As a group of four we enjoyed the hour trip through the tunnel, observing inside via the open side doors & sitting outside on the return journey. A special thank you to Malcolm... More 

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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