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"The Canal Museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Regent's Canal & Grand Union Canal Tip by Mariajoy

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Canals - once an important part of London's economy, providing vital thoroughfares for the transportation of coal, wood, bricks etc but now only preserved for the purposes of passenger tours. This museum is located at the old Ice Wells near Kings Cross. The Wells themselves have a fascinating and intriguing history as in the 19thC natural ice was imported from Norway for the London butchers and fishmongers and the well off folk, by an Italian called Carlo Gatti. But that's for another tip, another time.

For now, the museum is a collection of canal memorabilia on two floors with a video presentation and a VERY helpful and knowledgeable member of staff who can tell you all about the ice wells and the canal history. There's loads well designed exhibits and information around the walls giving some really fascinating detail of how life was for the canal folk, with some ancient photographs and personal accounts from those who lived the canal life.

It's very much a people friendly museum, and a great place to take children. The website is excellent and gives information in French Italian and German. At just £3 entry for adults this is a great little place to visit on a wet afternoon!

Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road
Directions: Kings Cross, Battlebridge Basin, on the Regents Canal

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 24, 2006
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