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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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  • Very good48%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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12-13 New Wharf Road | Kings Cross, London N1 9RT, England
Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
+44 20 7713 0836
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Reviewed 19 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.More

Thank IreneAnn57
Martin S, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thanks for your review, I am glad you enjoyed it. We've just added an additional 1931 film to the archive film show, it shows a steam tug whistling as it pulls a train of barges and a number of maintenance activities including a steam dredger....More

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...More

Thank Littlemuff
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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...More

Thank Brenlaw
Reviewed 15 March 2017 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...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 11 March 2017 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...More

Thank David P
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2017

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...More

Reviewed 5 March 2017 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...More

Thank Spurgindavid
Reviewed 27 February 2017

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...More

Thank ChrisGibbs
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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.

Thank ralph_holmes2
Reviewed 25 February 2017 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...More

Thank Marc G
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Glad to have finally taken the time to visit this museum. Could easily have spent longer as there was lots to look at. Great shop with lots of terrific information if you want to find out more about canals and narrow boats. So happy to...More

Thank Stephen B
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Response from rochesterrambler | Reviewed this property |
Hi Deebee, Yes the canal museum is wheelchair friendly as are all the wonderful staff who run it. There are plenty of eating and drinking establishments close by but if you are looking for a good meal, I recommend the... More