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Museum of London Docklands

#79 of 1,514 things to do in London
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Neighborhood: Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs
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Address: 1 The Warehouse Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7001 9844
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of...

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

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An unexpected highlight.

As the Museum of London Docklands is a little further out from the centre than I usually venture during quick trips, I wasn't sure whether it would be worth travelling to. In... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As the Museum of London Docklands is a little further out from the centre than I usually venture during quick trips, I wasn't sure whether it would be worth travelling to. In short: it was. After being greeted by friendly staff, the exhibits begin on the top floor and progress downwards, which feels unusual to start with (especially if not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent tour, warmly greeted by staff, informative tour guide telling us some of its grisley past showing artefacts, history of the area and up to date unexplained experiences within the building!

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited here on the way back from Greenwich and I really enjoyed it. The museum does a great job of telling the story of Docklands and making one feel as though they were really there by building elaborate "sets" to walk through. The section on the London Blitz was incredibly informative and well presented. We were lucky to visit... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this wonderful museum in the Docklands. The museum itself is in a wonderful old warehouse in West India Quay that's been lovingly restored/transformed into one of the best museums of its kind we've ever seen. Lots of wonderful things for the children to do as well so don't hesitate to bring them. Historical displays are first-rate and interesting,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Andrew provided a terrific and informative walking tour. He brought to life some interesting and tragic events that defined realities on the Thames during the 19th century. He was friendly, welcoming and was eager to answer additional questions.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in the heart of the London docklands, just off West India Quay is the perfect location to learn all about the history of the docklands, how they have changed over the years and have changed the UK. Would be good history trip for young and old, informative about slave trade, imports to London, exports and the equipment used. Also... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was lucky to visit the museum as part of a group with ICS and BIMCO. History at its best to understand where London has come from in the past century.. Evolution of thames is also brought out clearly.. Worth a visit..

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum tells the story of the Docklands area, where the museum is situated. It's free to enter and a good place for kids to run around on a wet day. It's not very large so you won't spend more than an hour there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited this museum with my wife. Entrance is free and we spent a couple of hours in this museum. It is about the history of the docklands but this museum offers also temporary exhibitions. Check there homepage. We had a tea in the cafeteria on ground floor. There is a playground (room) for children next to the café.... More 

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited 15 Nov. to take part in ghost tour which was very atmospheric.Combines an after hours nighttime time tour of the historic galleries with stories of those who have died in these old wharehouses as well as the accounts of sightings by staff and visitors. Dave was the host not the ghost and what an excellent one he was!

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