London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road
London N1 9RT
TfL Fare Zone 1
This fascinating museum close to central London is something out of the ordinary. Easily accessible by public transport it tells the story of London’s canals, the people who lived and worked on them, and the cargoes carried.
Housed in an important Victorian warehouse beside Regent’s Canal, this medium sized museum also tells the history of the warehouse owner.
The warehouse belonged to Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker and was built about 1862-3 to store ice brought by ship from Norway. You can peer down into the huge Victorian ice well used to store the ice.
You can also enter a narrowboat cabin to experience the cramped living condition on board a canal boat. There are even stables housing the horses that towed the barges along the canals before motor power was invented.
The museum occupies two floors and has plenty of working models. Outside on the wharf can normally be seen the tug "Bantam IV." The basin itself is a stopping off point for private narrowboats travelling the canal.
If you feel like a walk along the towpath, you can walk west towards The Regent’s Park and Camden, or east towards Islington Tunnel, the East End of London and Limehouse Dock on the Thames.
Plan Your Visit
Fully accessible. Level floors, lifts and toilets.
The Canal website has detailed information to assist disabled visitors. Refer their website under ‘Disabled Visitors’
No facilities on site, however there is a vending machine dispensing hot drinks and soup. Cold drinks and ice creams are available from the Museum Shop.
Opening Hours & Costs
Refer Canal website for current information Web: Canal Museum
Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)2077 130 836
TfL Fare Zone 1
- By Underground
King's Cross-St. Pancras Station Hammersmith & City Line
King's Cross-St. Pancras Station Circle, Metropolitan & Northern Lines
King's Cross-St. Pancras Station Piccadilly & Victoria Lines
- By Mainline Train
King’s Cross and St Pancras International Stations.
The museum is about 200 yards (183 metres) walk from the station. The museum is well signposted with the standard brown tourist signs.
For detailed information on how to get from the Mainline & Underground stations etc please refer to the Canal Website above and look under ‘Visiting London Canal Museum – Travel Information’
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