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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
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 2 weeks ago

We had a bit of time before a flight and as this place is minutes from Kings X we thought we'd pop in. Originally an ice house to hold ice shipped in from the Artic and Scandanavia it details the engineering feat of Britain's canal...More

Thank DollyBirdScotland
Martin S, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for this review! So glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 30 April 2017

As well as detailing canal life it was also originally an ice house and gave good detail of the ice trade and ice cream vending in london

1  Thank Andrew T
Martin S, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 23 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank Sally T
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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...More

Thank KSfamily00
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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.

Thank VeeBee59
Reviewed 18 April 2017 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...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank 405markw
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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).

Thank Geoff H
Martin S, General Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed coming.

Reviewed 24 March 2017 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...More

Thank Richard P
Martin S, Manager at London Canal Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thanks for your review and I am glad you enjoyed it .. and that the staff smiled!!

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Will we be bringing down our elderly Mum in her wheelchair and are looking for places around Kings Cross to show her, so is the museum easily accessible and is there a cafe nearby?
14 July 2016|
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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