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London Canal Museum

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Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
Phone Number: 44-20-7713-0836
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 in a...

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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Small but interesting for a nominal fee

I was staying near Kings Cross station and was looking for something to do for an hour on a Sunday afternoon and spotted this museum. The staff were friendly and informative. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip takes about an hour and travels through a tunnel about half a mile long on the canal at Islington. There is a commentary which I enjoyed. The ticket includes a look round the museum which is well worth an hour or so of time. Good for children and you can easily park outside on a Sunday for nothing.

Thank Madeleine S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying near Kings Cross station and was looking for something to do for an hour on a Sunday afternoon and spotted this museum. The staff were friendly and informative. The ice warehouse is really impressive. It is not a destination I would make a special trip for but if you are in the area it is worth a... More 

Thank Hotelier16
San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice little museum to visit. It is not great, just nice. The museum itself is an old ice warehouse which was turned into a museum about the evolution of the London canals. I have never really thought much about the canals or how they came to be. The museum gives a good history of how they used... More 

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

Thanks for your review, I am glad you enjoyed the museum. We're always working on "More to see and do" and our current major project is the replacement of the "Boats and Cargoes" exhibition with a new and upgraded display about this important aspect of the London canals. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The London Canal Museum is small but extremely interesting. Situated in a former ice warehouse, exhibits demonstrate the history of canals, the life of canal families and their homes on the butty boats, canal art, how locks work and even the care of horses, as well as giving information about the manufacture of ice cream in times past and much... More 

Thank Kit739
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

A lot of information in this small museum well worth a visit for anyone interested in Canal life when canals were such an important form of transport of goods.

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The canal boats were used all over the UK to transport goods by a very cleverly designed canal system of which the engineering is extraordinary -- this museum gives you such an amazing insight into the transport and life on the canals. You can also view a huge ice storage facility -- the ice was bought over from Denmark -... More 

Thank Pip G
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The museum offers a snapshot of the history of London's canals. It also provides a fortnightly canal trip through the Islington tunnel, which is a great experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The model of the canal boat living quarters showed clever use of space worthy of George Clark's Amazing Spaces. Also information the canal construction and use

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

A dainty museum in a big world. The staff who were on the desk were polite, and advised us how to proceed around the museum. It really is a small museum, I personally feel it may lack the wow factor to keep small ones entertained and gripped! I personally love narrowboats, so there was a good mix of boat &... More 

Thank Sherkins
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

If you are visiting London or living here and have an interest in learning more about the canal system, its history and people - add this to your list of must-sees. As it turned out we were staying near the museum and were able to walk there with the aid of our smart phone app. This is a small museum... More 

Thank Heather S

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