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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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10:00 - 16:30
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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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A little gem.

A short walk from kings cross station. Down little back roads and you realise that there is a canal. The museum is very small, but gives a powerful punch to the history of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A short walk from kings cross station. Down little back roads and you realise that there is a canal. The museum is very small, but gives a powerful punch to the history of the canal and ice trade. Very informative displays on two floors and doors out into the docking yard for some of privately owned canal boats. Staff friendly... More 

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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The London Canal Museum tells the story of both the ice trade in London (it was an ice house) and, upstairs, the British canal system. The museum is small, but interesting and you can walk outside to the canal basin. Children would enjoy a look at life on a canal boat and a view into the deep chamber in which... More 

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Thank KSfamily00
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Only found out about this museum in a 2 for 1 leaflet at our local station and decided to visit as we were in London for the weekend. It's a tiny museum but a great place if you're interested in the history of London or the canals. Packed with interesting information including a mock up of a narrow boat, contributions... More 

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Thank Linda M
Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum set in an old ice house! A little disappointed that 3 of the displays did not work! Very pleasant and interesting though = worth a visit.

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london
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been meaning to come here for years and I was not disappointed. The museum takes about 75 minutes to look around thoroughly and most of it is about canals in and around London with a small proportion about ice as the building had a huge ice store in the basement which can still be seen. The canal part... More 

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Thank sheepygold
Stamford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of hours here while waiting for a train at Kings Cross! They kindly looked after our suitcase, too. Good value, and we learnt a lot. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of London or of transport and the industrial revolution. Housed in a former ice warehouse, I learnt a lot about the history of... More 

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Thank 405markw
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good museum, seems small but a lot to see and do. Very interesting and informative. Lots of displays, re-construction of canal boat you could go in (Computer module for disabled).

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Thank Geoff H
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 20 March 2017

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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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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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