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London Canal Museum

Neighborhood: Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
Phone Number: 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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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Congleton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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 

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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 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Some really fascinating archive footage, and old photos juxtaposed with modern views. I never knew Da Vinci invented lock gates. Great for anyone interested in social history, transport or London's past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great place, also for kids, and with good access for disabled people. I was even able to do a complimentary boat ride :)

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

If you enjoy history as well as engineering then my advise is to visit this museum. It is well laid out and very informative about the history of the East End of London as well as telling the story of the engineering of the canal and its craft. Well worth a visit.

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