We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of London Docklands

West India Quay, London E14 4AL, England (Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs)
020 7001 9844
Website
Update attraction details
As featured in London for young kids
Ranked #88 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

226 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    135
    77
    12
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Trip starts by taking the lift to the third floor, walking a set route through the floors and downwards back to the ground floor. Covers slave trade, imports, the running of the docks and the devestation of the docks during the second world war. Rebuilt old streets from 200 years back was a special hit with children (8-10 yrs) and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

we were not sure what to expect, but found this museum to be filled with great exhibits! and it's free! high recommended

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lahti, Finland
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Docklands is very interesting area but to go deep in its development and to learn something about its historical steps was something very fruitful to understand the history of whole London. Very well constructed museum. I really like it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milton Keynes
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Step from 21st century Canary Wharf back into the history of the port of London. Includes sections on the Roman city, the bridges of London, slavery, piracy, crime & the blitz. There are recreations of the docks throughout history and the sometimes uncertain lives of the dockers. Finally we learn of the redeveloped area today and how it was achieved.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Been before but did not do much. This time we did our research and try to plan in all the freebies because we were on a budget. The best we found was the London History Museum it was truly breath taking, so much to see under one roof and the entrance was free. We had to que but it was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

I was bored in Canary Wharf and as a history aficionado, I decided to stop by the museum. I didn't expect much as it appears to be rather small on the outside, but boy, was I completely wrong. Not only do the exhibitions detail the history of the area, there is also recreations of what the docklands looked like in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This museum gave us a great appreciation for the role of the Thames in London's development from the Romans into the 21st century. Fascinating exhibits explained early attempts to settle here and to fortify the city, various attacks from Vikings and others, and finally a millennium of development following the Battle of Hastings. The development of sea trade, the devastation... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is a great museum. Situated in 3 floors the history of the area is vividly displayed. There was too much for me to see in the couple of hours I had available so I will definitely be going back. Do try the restaurant - the food is yummy. Entry is free. Its near the DLR

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I first visited the museum with friends (one of whom had grown up in the area), my first impression was totally positive and this lasted throughout my visit We were recommended to start on the top floor and work downward which proves totally logical ensuring that nothing gets missed. I found the place utterly fascinating. The staff were very knowledgeable... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
UK
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

What a great attraction, I had not visited Docklands for years and so had missed this gem. Entry is free, the museum is on three floors and there is a lift. The start point is on the third floor and the history of London unfolds with maps, interactive displays and models of London Bridge. So much to see and read... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Museum of London Docklands also viewed

 

Been to Museum of London Docklands? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Museum of London Docklands, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing