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London Canal Museum

#525 of 2,355 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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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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Museum Lovely, Boat Trip Disappointing

Two couples, booked for the advertised boat trip through the Islington tunnel, We had a look around the small but quaint museum first, which is full of information and history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Portsmouth
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Two couples, booked for the advertised boat trip through the Islington tunnel, We had a look around the small but quaint museum first, which is full of information and history, this is worth a visit and most enjoyable. The boat trip is on a narrow boat, the two person crew (Husband & Wife) are volunteers, which she made very clear... More 

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

I am sorry this tunnel trip seems not to have been as it should be. This is certainly not how the trip ought to be and not how it normally is. We charter the boat from another organisation and we will follow this up with them. The guide is from the LCM team, the boat crew are provided by the... More 

East Anglia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I went with high expectations but was sadly very disappointed in this museum. Two small floors of very few exhibits. It costs £4 but really wasn't worth it. Easy to find as signposted from King's Cross underground (about 5 minute walk)

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Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I never knew about the canals in London, and this museum, near St. Pancras International, presented this aspect of London history and English life very well.

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Warwick
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12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Off the beaten track, but close to Kings Cross, this museum is a little gem. It tells the story of Britain's canals, and the folk that spent their life working the 'motorways' of the 17th and 18th century. An excellent visit, allow about an hour, and I am sure that you will be impresed and will have learnt something about... More 

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Selby, Yorkshire
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you have an hour or so to spare waiting for trains at Kings Cross or St Pancras, this small museum could be a worthwhile way to spend it if you're a waterways fan. About a 10 min walk each way from the station, and reasonable admission (£4 adult, less for concessions). Interesting mock up of butty interior, some good... More 

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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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Wallsend, 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
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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