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About the London Canal Museum

A heritage museum devoted to the history of Britain's canals, and also the short-lived period of importing ice into the city from Scandinavia.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


London Canal Museum,
12-13 New Wharf Road,
N1 9RT

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Fequently asked questions

How long would a visit last?

I'd suggest maybe an hour, maybe two if you look take in their temporary exhibitions as well.

Do I need to book for the canal trips?

The canal trips run reguarly through the summer months, but yes, it's sensible to book in advance as they can sell out.

Is the Ice Well open?

The underground ice well usually opens a couple of times a year, and it's best to check their website for dates.

Are there canal barges?

The museum is next to the Regent's Canal, and there are usually barges moored outside.

What's the nearest railway station to London Canal Museum

The nearest station is London King's Cross St. Pancras which is 0.3 miles away.

London Canal Museum - Latest News

Take a tour inside a drained canal lock
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Over this weekend, there’s a chance to go down to the bottom of one of London’s canal locks, while it is being drained for maintenance works.

Standing inside a London Ice Well
Standing inside a London Ice Well

In the days before the domestic refrigerator, how would the average household keep their food cool to store it? Well, the blunt answer is that the vast majority of houses didn’t – food was stored warm, and meats were preserved in salt or smoked.


Recent exhibitions

Material from the Laburnum Boat Club project has been redisplayed in this exhibition by London Canal Museum.
An exhibition about the life of James Brindley, who, together with the Duke of Bridgwater, and his land agent John Gilbert, was responsible for the UK's first modern commercial canal.
Dive into the unknown story of London’s lost canals created from the 1680s to the 1830s.
Industrial Islington
The rich history of the Islington stretch of the Regents canal is revealed in this exhibition, including some of its industrial past and the memories of people who worked and lived by it.

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