London Canal Museum

See a different London

12-13 New Wharf Rd King's Cross, London, N1 9RT Directions

   Open today 10:00 - 16:30

Why Choose Us?

Wheelchair Accessible
Local Charity
Groups Welcome

Business overview

Discover a different London at London Canal Museum. Learn about the Victorian ice trade as well as the fascinating canal story. Private hire for corporate and business events.

There is more to canals than you thought! Once the highways of England, canals were home to a large itinerant population who lived afloat in tiny cabins with primitive facilities. Whole families lived on board carrying all sorts of cargo. You can go inside a cabin, learn about their lives and the tradition of "roses and castles" artwork with which they decorated their boats.

Learn about how canals climb hills, get water, and how boats were pulled, at first by horses, then with engines and by miniature tractors of which you can see a rare survivor. There is archive film of the working days and a fascinating large map of London's waterways.

Most surprising of all perhaps is that ice was delivered here by canal boat having arrived in the docks from the mountains of Norway. A huge commercial ice well under the ground can be seen and you can find out about the story of Swiss entrepreneur Carlo Gatti who had the building built for the ice trade that made him a rags-to-riches success. The ice was used for all the things that we use freezers and fridges for today including making ice cream.

The waterside building is located beside Battlebridge Basin, something of an urban beauty spot and our tug Bantam IV, built in London, is on display behind the building.

Of course we also explain the story of the building of London's canals and their story since - London's Living Waterways.

There is so much to discover about canals, and a great way to discover more is to enjoy a canal boat trip. The museum offers boat trips on several days per week from Spring to October and in December, booked in advance online to include museum admission. A guide travels on the longer trips to explain some history and serve a hot drink. Many of the trips pass through London's longest canal tunnel.

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The museum sits beside Battlebridge Basin on the Regen'ts Canal, just a few minutes away from King's Cross station.
Children and adults alike enjoy exploring the cabin of the narrowboat Coronis. In a cabin like this, whole families used to live in a tiny space.
Dinners, weddings, conferences, meetings, seminars, parties, receptions: we host them all. Licenced for civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Up to 120 guests for a dinner, up to 200 for a standing reception. An experienced, affordable, unusual and interesting event venue.
The Bollinder is the most famous canal boat engine and it was this type of engine that most often replaced the horse.
The Horse Power exhibition tells the story of working horses in London, on the streets pulling ice carts and other carts, and on the canals pulling boats and barges.
The tug Bantam IV is usually on display outside the museum. It is one of the earliest examples of a type widely used in the 1950s and 1960s for canal maintenance work. It was built in London.
We offer conference facilities all day on mondays and also in the evenings on Tuesdays to Sundays. We can host up to 80 delegates for a cabaret-style conference like the one in the picture.
We have a small meeting room available for up to 12 delegates around a table, or 20 theatre-style. This room is available on any day of the week (weekend bookings no earlier than six weeks before). excellent value for money. Tea/Coffee and Wi-Fi are free!
The building was originally an ice warehouse and the Vctorian ice wells are still present under the building.
This model lock is an interactive demonstration of how a canal lock works and is educational and fun for adults and children.
The ground floor is ideal for receptions and networking parties in the evening when the museum is closed.,The ground flor is popular for business and private receptions. Additional lighting can make the atmosphere special.
The sightseeing boat Long Tom regularly operates boat trips from the museum during the sprint to autumn season and in December.
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Prices

Adult admission
£7
65+ Admission
£6
Child 7-15 admission
£3.5
Young child 0-6 admission
£0
Family 2A+2ch or 1A+3ch
£15
Student admission
£6
Unwaged admission
£6

Products & Services

transport museums

children's museums

conference facilities & services

museum shop

open all year

tourist attractions

wheelchair accessible

waterways museums

corporate events

disabled access

disabled toilets

Victorian Museums

School Trips

Venue hire

Wedding license

Boat trips

Credentials

Accreditations

  • Accredited Museum Scheme

Reviews

Fabulous party at the London Canal Museum!!

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Fabulous party at the London Canal Museum!! Couldn't recommend it more highly as a super venue and steeped in canal history. Many thanks to Martin and the team for making the experience so special (a very happy return after our wedding reception on 2001!). Super place to visit with kids too - lots of interesting exhibits (including a walk-through narrow boat). Really handy for Kings Cross with its excellent transport links - what are you waiting for!?
14 May 2023
Many thanks for your kind words. We are delighted that the celebration went well!
14 May 2023
Many thanks for your kind words. We are delighted that the celebration went well!
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A great little museum

5
A very interesting museum, tucked away near Kings Cross. The audio guide you can download to your phone before the visit is a great idea.
11 Feb 2023
Many thanks for your review!
11 Feb 2023
Many thanks for your review!
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Wonderful wedding venue!

5
We held our wedding at the London Canal Museum in July 2018 - and what a beautiful, quirky, fascinating and friendly venue it is. Our 80 guests took a 90-minute cruise along the Regents Canal from Camden Lock (booked separately) before mooring at the museum in time for the ceremony. The museum makes ingenious use of its two floors, as well as the outside patio by the canal, where many guests took their drinks. All our guests loved the "village hall" feel, especially of the upper floor where the ceremony, dinner and dancing took place. Veteran wedding-goers have commented on how distinctive and memorable it all was - in central London but feeling like a world away. Pricing was very reasonable and the set-up is very flexible. The staff are dedicated and friendly. Throughout the planning stages Martin, who coordinated it all, was extremely quick and helpful in dealing with our questions and could not have been more attentive. We really feel so glad that we chose to marry here!
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