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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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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 5 days ago

In an old ice warehouse next to the wharf, the Canal Museum is very interesting although it doesn't take long to go round. There are narrowboat trips available for an extra charge. Located a few minutes walk from Kings Cross railway/tube station.

Thank andy998
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum is about 10 mins from King's Cross Station and is easily signposted. If you are interested in London canals this is for you but people with just a general interest in history will find plenty to read about such as the history of...More

Thank 11Judith
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits relating to London's canals and the ice trade. Upstairs has a lot of writing and not many exhibits! Worth a visit.

Thank Nonloso
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Informative medium size museum suitable for all ages 10 mins from Kings X Station.Do spend time reading about Carlo Gatti a true entrepreneur. He set up a business on the premises importing ice from Norway at a time when we had no refrigeration. He had...More

Thank PDJ
Reviewed 7 September 2017

If you have an interest in history or early transport this a great little museum. Not far from King's Cross station it has enough to interest both young and old at a reasonable entrance fee. Londoners (or visitors) will enjoy learning about the development of...More

Thank rob_wilson79
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Beware of the man at the ticket desk: if you pay cash he tries to give you the change in old 5 pounds notes, not valid anymore. The museum is very little, there is not much to see.More

Thank stefanotorino
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

I am sorry that you had a poor experience. It seems over-the-top to rate us harshly because of a single mistake by a member of staff, nonetheless I am sorry this simple error occurred. We will remind staff that the old £5 note needs to...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

The museum is housed in an old ice#house and stables. The ice bit really tells you about the ice and ice-cream trade of the late 19th & early 20th century. The stables which is upstairs ( or a ramp if you were a horse) explains...More

Thank pauln690
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Many thanks for your review.

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Our visit didn't begin auspiciously, since the boat trip through the Islington tunnel which we'd booked had to be cancelled because the boat had broken down, but the (very apologetic) volunteers at the museum couldn't have been more helpful and gave us a guided walk...More

1  Thank Sue_at_folly
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Many thanks for your review and for letting us know that the efforts of staff to make up for the cancellation of the boat trip did not go unnoticed. We don't run a boat ourselves, instead we charter one of the community boatsd that are...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This little museum is tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross station. I visited on a Saturday afternoon and found it a very interesting way to spend an hour or so, with lots of old exhibits to see and lots to learn...More

Thank Gaggers1
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This really is 2 small museums in one. The first is about London's Ice trade which flourished in the C19 when this building was used as an Ice House to store ice harvested in Norway. The rest of the museum is about London's canals. There...More

Thank MYDOGISFINN
MartinLCM, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

Thanks for your comments. The two themes are connected, the ice arrived by boat, of course. At some point in the future we may have a historic boat outside that visitors can walk on board but this would be a major project that would involve...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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