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London Canal Museum

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Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
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+44 20 7713 0836
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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
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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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Interesting little museum

Having spent several holidays on England's canals, I was interested to visit this museum when in London recently. A lot of the museum is dedicated to the history of the building... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 20, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Glad to have finally taken the time to visit this museum. Could easily have spent longer as there was lots to look at. Great shop with lots of terrific information if you want to find out more about canals and narrow boats. So happy to see that the Canal trust has been set up to invest in maintaining a special... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited yesterday I would recommend this to anyone interested in the London Canals as everyone has mentioned before, a great "hands on" experience for children. However the hidden gem for me was learning about the Ice industry of the 1800's how ice was shipped from Norway and stored in this building in the "Ice Well" all pre refrigeration days.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting little museum tucked away on a side street near Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, and a very entertaining way to spend an hour or two if you're catching a train later on and don't want to stray too far. An easy, level strole with a suitcase in tow, we recommend it.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beware! If you want to use the 2 for 1 train deal at this museum then you MUST print out the voucher. Unlike other museums who accept that people away from home do not have access to printers and let you in with an email voucher (who prints anything these days ??) this one does not. They also said they... More 

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

If a customer is disappointed, then so am I, we aim for all visitors to have a good experience. Having said that, you have unfortunately broken the rules of the scheme so this was a situation of your own making. It is a requirement to print the voucher and fill it in before you come. If you cannot print it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went here with my two children (9 and 6 (prices at end)). They enjoyed it immensely, particularly that there's barely anything there you can't touch. For instance, we went into a mock-up of a narrowboat. One of the features we were informed about (on one of the very informative information panels around the museum) was the clever use of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Having spent several holidays on England's canals, I was interested to visit this museum when in London recently. A lot of the museum is dedicated to the history of the building and its owner, but that was interesting too. A real glimpse of times gone by. Upstairs was an interesting exhibition with stories from people who grew up along the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

This is a fine example of one of London's quirkier yet very interesting museums. It presents the history of the canal network, its importance to the UK's industry, and life on board the barges in a very engaging way, at just the right level of detail. We were there with our seven-year-old son, and he too was enthralled, especially by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Great little place to visit. Very interesting both for adults and children alike. I certainly learned a thing or two about the canal running through London to Limehouse. Enjoyed it so much that I'm going back to do the 6.5 walk from one end to the other.

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watford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

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 November 7, 2016

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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