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Museum of London Docklands

West India Quay, London E14 4AL, England (Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs)
020 7001 9844
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Ranked #106 of 1,137 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of London’s river, port and people in this historic warehouse. Discover a wealth... more » Owner description: From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of London’s river, port and people in this historic warehouse. Discover a wealth of objects from whale bones to WWII gas masks in state-of-the-art galleries, including Mudlarks, an interactive area for kids; Sailortown, an atmospheric re-creation of 19th century riverside Wapping; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the city’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. FREE ENTRY « less
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Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A hidden gem, this museum was practically empty when I visited which was such a shame. It's less a museum of London Docklands, and more of how the docklands has impacted the whole city and the world beyond. Interesting, jam-packed and perfect to show that there is so much more in the Docklands and Canary Wharf than offices.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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164 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This should be on everyone list of things to do in London. So much to see, some interactive, great intro by Tony "Time Team" Robinson, imaginative displays and the spooky "Sailorstown - there is something for everyone. This is a centuries old building, with viewing starting on the third floor and working down to the ground floor. The museum is... More

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Grantown On spey Scotland
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143 reviews 143 reviews
20 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What an incredible find. Incredible and absolutely fascinating place. What a hidden gem of a place. I learned a lot about history of London and the UK today.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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78 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It's so nice to find somewhere that isn't absolutely crowded with tourists. Pleasant place and larger than it seems from the outside. Great set up of streets, locations and layout (you'll see what I mean when you go in). I thought I'd stop in but assumed it would be very basic and focusing directly on the docklands. However there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been to quite a few museums but this one I'd never really heard of - & what a hidden gem! The bridge exhibition is really very well put together & fits well with the rest of the museum. Very clean, great mix of old and new and plenty to see in a good atmospheric area. The only thing that... More

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stoke-on-trent
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

we have just spent the weekend in london,staying with my son and his partner in bethnall green. on saturday morning we caught a bus from bethnall green directly to london docklands where we spent a thoroughly enjoyable morning in the docklands museum. it is really informative from very early days through the wars and strikes and the eventual downturn of... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a very enjoyable and interactive museum. It does a very good job of taking you through the history of the London Docklands. I especially liked a full-scale reproduction of a 19th century street.

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Dallas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I'd never been here before and while it's a bit tricky to locate its well worth the time! The museum takes you from the very early pre-Roman days of the river Thames and transports the visitor through every era, shifts of politics and trade, through both World Wars and into the current development of the area around the Docklands. Incredibly... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I took my 2 children (11 & 7) and we spent a very pleasant 2 hours walking around the very well designed museum. Lots of information for small and big people to read. Very interesting facts from before the Romans all the way to the present day. The portable seats are great for kids to take a rest when boredom... More

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I didn't think this museum would be up to much nor did I think it would hold the kids attention. How wrong was I. We had a fantastic couple our hours and the kids really enjoyed their visit. If you are visiting with kids I would suggest booking your kids into the kids interactive zone when you arrive as it... More

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