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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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A little gem of a museum

A short walk from Kings Cross station is this wonderful little museum telling the storey of canals in this country. Located on the Battlebridge basin which is on the Regents... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen C
Baldock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is very small but still a lot to see. The narrowboat inside is very informative of the type of living years ago. A small shop and outdoor area to look at boats. It was a bit cold inside when we went. Lots of considerate ideas for various disabilities including a computer station doing a virtual tour of the narrow... More 

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short walk from Kings Cross station is this wonderful little museum telling the storey of canals in this country. Located on the Battlebridge basin which is on the Regents Canal. The location makes it easy to understand how the boats were loaded with cargo bound for both local destinations and further afield via the canal network. We liked the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

trying to visit every museum in my home town before I die!this is an interesting small museum on a fascinating subject.and afterwards you can walk into camden.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with my London Pass and was expecting more from this museum. Entered the the person behind the counter didn't know how to process the pass, not a major problem just a training problem. after looking around the bottom section we ventured upstairs to be met by loads of committee people discussing a new matt that was on the floor.... More 

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

Thanks for the review and I am sorry that you found the group of people off-putting. This was a demonstration of a projection system that we are considering installing next year as part of a major update to our Boats and Cargoes exhibition. We wanted to try it during opening hours to see what visitors made of it. Several visitors... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Hidden near the canal social history made fun visual and hands on with a barge to explore, enjoyable

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Aveley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Combine a visit to this museum with a walk along the canal and you'll have a great view of a different London away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The museum also houses two Victorian ice wells and has a great exhibition of London life when the canals were the main transport route for coal, timber and ice.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

A nice way enjoy a 1 1/2hr without having to go to one of the big (and free) museums in London. The site is half about the canals of England and London, and also a lot about the site, which used to be an ice warehouse. Interesting, but up against much bigger and cheaper museums in London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Attended the museum as part of a conference but had a chance to look around the exhibits which were very interesting and informative. Good Coffee and Buffet lunch as well. Friendly and helpful staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

A short walk from St. Pancras station is this hidden little gem. It is a wonderful way to get a bit of a feeling about life on a narrow boat and how hard it was in the Victorian times. The photographic exhibit upstairs of Victorian life is wonderful and insightful and a small added bonus is learning about early ice... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Arrived at London St.Pancras / Kings Cross station and had three hours to kill before we could check into our hotel. Ten minutes later and a short walk round the corner we paid a £3 entrance fee and entered this lovely little museum tracking the evolution of canals and the importance they played in our development over the centuries in... More 

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