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“A hidden gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum
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US$75.36*
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Ranked #331 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I had never heard of the London Canal Museum, but noticed one of the brown street signs. I had a free morning and was curious enough to investigate. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The atmosphere in the museum is friendly and informative and there are plenty of interactive elements to the displays.
Housed in a former ice warehouse the museum also deals with the history of ice cream which I found fascinating.
The London Canal Museum was one of the highlights of my visit to London.

Visited May 2014
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Really the Ice Museum”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Makes a good job of covering the little known importation of ice from Norway in the days before refrigeration, which is interesting in itself, but there are far better canal museums elsewhere in the UK. Not worth a special visit unless you are interested in the ice story..

Visited May 2014
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
I am glad you found the ice trade interesting but I wonder if perhaps you missed some of the other exhibitions that are about the canals of London. The exhibitions cover the social history of the canals, the use of horses, water and locks and how canals work, the traditional art of the canals, the history of the Regent's Canal and other London canals, and the canal-related topics take up about two-thirds or more of the museum. Incidentally, the admission charge of £4 is one of the cheapest of any museum in London apart from those that are subsidised by the taxpayer.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Only go if you are interested in this sort of thing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

We went here for a quick visit while we were in the area. The admission fee of £4 per person was to me quite a rip off, considering there are far better museums going around in London with free admission.

I would see only go here if canals and boats are your kind of thing. I didn't find it all that interesting. I expected far better.

Visited April 2014
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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Had time before train departure, so found this around the corner from Kings Cross station. What fun! Was formerly an ice merchant with 2 large storage tanks below ground. Looks out on Regent's Canal. Did you realize a canal ran all around London? We didn't! Great little historic video to watch. Takes about 1 hour.

Visited April 2014
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Many thanks for your review. We very much appreciate your comments.
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London
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“A great little museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

As one of the previous reviewers pointed out, we Brits do this sort of small specific museum really well. For a small entrance fee the museum explains the importance of the canal system to the development of the country in well-presented and varied exhibits. The lively staff are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. There is the cabin of a working boat that you can explore and see how boating families lived in such a confined space: an interactive model explaining how boats can go up and downhill; a film show of vintage footage taken in the days of working boats; and lots, lots more. We took our granddaughters (aged 6 and 8) and they loved it. We visited during the school holidays when there was a treasure hunt, art and craft activities and even a boat trip along the canal. Even if the additional attractions are not available there is still plenty to enjoy and you can picnic beside the canal on the museum terrace.

Visited April 2014
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MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you very much for writing a review. We appreciate your comments and your time and trouble. Best wishes.
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