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London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
+44 20 7713 0836
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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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“canal boat” (19 reviews)
“kings cross” (19 reviews)
“regents canal” (13 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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+44 20 7713 0836
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I visited yesterday after seeing a "What's on" in the METRO. It is about 45 mins from where we live . The Museum is in New Wharf rd and is a bit hidden if you don't know the area ( I was...More

Thank John W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the museum while waiting to check into our hotel...I had already decided I would like to go there, was very pleased we took the time to go. The museum is well set out, with lots of information about both the canal and...More

Thank alyandbri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Canals were a major part of life, before steam, rail and container ships. This place gives a detailed history, with many pictures, movies from 1930s, laminated books on types of boats, the horses and stables that were an integral part of life then. It is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum within walking distance of Kings Cross is well worth a visit. Well presented displays provide a valuable insight as to how this means of transportation assisted during the industrial revolution before its gradual decline after the advent of rail and later more reliable...More

Thank GSAJ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I feel this is a very good way to spend a couple of hours. There is a canal trip through the Islington Tunnel, and the London Canal Museum.

Thank yeovilman
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Came here as part of a London treasure hunt game and it was pretty interesting. Two floors and some "walk-through" exhibits. But tends to feel a little outdated. Maybe that's intentional??? Good if you are in the area and are looking for something to fill...More

Thank zarinafied
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Visited with husband and 2 teenage children. The museum is small and quaint. Interesting for my husband and I but not the teenagers. However, all enjoyed the canal boat ride through the Islington Tunnel. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting...More

Thank Sandra H
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thanks for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the boat trip and that the guide added to the experience. It is a medium-sized museum, there are very many much smaller museums! Intereting the teenage age group in any museum on any subject is a...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

A small museum just north of Kings Cross station. It's run by a charming and very knowledgeable Australian lady and shows life on the canals (mainly Regents) prior to the war. Just one slight problem - it's very difficult to find being well hidden down...More

Thank dddbmat
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

I had a couple of hours to spare before meeting a friend in London and decided to visit somewhere near Kings Cross Station to fill the time. Looking through TripAdvisor, I came across an entry for the London Canal Museum. This museum covers a lot...More

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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thanks for your review. We're a medium-sized museum - we know of many that are very much smaller! Over the last 18 years we have worked continuously to make improvements to the museum's permanent exhibitions and have plans to continue to provide more to see,...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

This little museums reminds to it's visitors the past centuries, when the canals were London's veins, and lots og goods arrived from the country and the ports of the Empire. Ice and salt first. Ticket is 4 pounds; the visit is just 15 minutes long,...More

Thank Luca C
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thanks for your review. Just for the benefit of others reading this, £4 entry is the concession rate as at May 2017, those who do not qualify for a concession pay £5. This is very good value compared to many other museums that are not...More

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DeeBee1506
14 July 2016|
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Response from MartinLCM | Property representative |
For some reason this question didin't get answered right away (sorry) but for anyone else who is looking at this, the museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users and other disabled visitors. We don't have a cafe. We have... More
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