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London Canal Museum

Neighbourhood: Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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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What a super little museum

What a great little museum, very imformation and displays on first floor were very Good, told the history of the canals and also the building the museum is housed in a old ice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When in London most folks think of the British Museum or the Tate as must see. Well I would now add this delightful and very informative museum to that list. Any person with even a passing interest about the English canal system with leave with answers to most if not all your questions about the canals answered. A small relaxing... More 

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Thank Richard P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally an ice house, horses were stabled upstairs. Best bits for me were the old black and white films and listening to people about working or living by the canals.

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Thank IreneAnn57
Launceston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum as a 5 minute walk from Kings Cross station, so easily accessible. It is, by London standards, quite a small museum, set over 2 floors of an old Ice warehouse - it is interactive, but more geared towards children - we walked past the entrance twice, so don't walk by too quickly! If you know nothing of canals... More 

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Thank Littlemuff
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great little museum, very imformation and displays on first floor were very Good, told the history of the canals and also the building the museum is housed in a old ice store The staff were very helpful, although a small museum lots of imformation and the displays were excellant glad we came

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Thank Brenlaw
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this small but interesting museum which is only a few minutes walk from Kings X station. The building itself as an interesting history having once served as an ice storage business. It is now a museum and its displays chart the history of canals in London. There are two floors of displays, some interactive, and a section of... More 

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Thank Andrew B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a former ice making building this reveals an interesting aspect of London life. There is a section of the living quarters of a working boat which demonstrates how cramped it was. Upstairs there are displays about lots of aspects of canal life in London, and interesting old films. My visit would have been better if there had been... 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 it enough to give us four stars. The audio tour is mentioned on the mini-guide leaflet that should have been handed to you when you arrived. It is interesting that you would have liked to go on a boat on the water as we are considering a project that leads in... More 

Manningtree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You don't get much for £4 nowadays but this is definitely worth it. Couple hours spent learning about canal history with several interactive displays and a chance to walk about the basin. Lovely little shop not over priced only down side is a little cafe with tea/ coffee and cake would make this even better

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With time to kill whilst waiting for a train from King's Cross, we ventured on a 10 minute walk to this little museum. For a modest entrance fee, you learn all about the history of canals especially around the Londonm area as well as the history of ice making in the capital. We easily spent well over an hour here... More 

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Thank ChrisGibbs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called here while waiting for a train .We found it very interesting and well laid out very helpful cheerful staff..The photo of then and now were very good as we had visited some of them. Well worth a visit.

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Thank ralph_holmes2
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a boater I thought this would be worth a visit. I was wrong. It took less than 10 mins to look at all the displays and none of them were worth it. If your thinking of visiting I suggest you go to a pub instead.

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