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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 #457 of 1,098 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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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49 attraction reviews
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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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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Spend an hour here recently. very small exibition but informative. We had an excellent guide to introduce us to the exibits and then left us to walk around ourselves. I would suggest you do as we did drop your bags of at Euston left luggage, walk to the museum which was well sign posted. After the exibition take a half... More

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place is well worth an hour if you are near Kings Cross station. Yes, it was originally an ice house but the contents tell you far more than that. Life on canal boats and how the workhorses lived was very well laid out. The videos shown upstairs show scenes of old London long gone and were fascinating. The life... More

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Somerset, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We moored up here overnight as we wanted to visit the museum the following morning. We have visited other canal museums but each is different and this was worth visiting. It is always fascinating to see how the areas have been redeveloped instead of being left neglected. The museum staff were very knowledgeable if you wanted to ask questions but... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We did Jason's Original Canal boat tour in the morning from Little Venice to Camden Lock. It was fascinating and the guide suggested this museum, which is near Kings Cross Station. It is a small museum, I suspect run by volunteers who are interested in preserving the rich history of the canals in London. We thoroughly enjoyed it, mainly because... More

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I had never heard of the London Canal Museum, but noticed one of the brown street signs. I had a free morning and was curious enough to investigate. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The atmosphere in the museum is friendly and informative and there are plenty of interactive elements to the displays. Housed in a former ice warehouse the... More

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

Many thanks for your kind review. It was appreciated that you took the trouble to write it. More

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