Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT
The London Canal Museum may not be the first attraction that springs to mind when visitors are planning a fun-packed trip to the English capital, but it possibly should be given the wealth of great days out that are to be had here.
Offering the chance for guests to explore the rich heritage of London’s and the UK’s waterways, the museum is dedicated to the canals of England that helped to fire the industrial revolution, as well as sparking a whole new way of life for many.
Plenty to see and do at the London Canal Museum
The museum can be found in the heart of London and due to the city’s position on the iconic River Thames, canals were not the most essential form of transport in the English capital but they have played a crucial role in transforming the nation as a whole.
Across the country, the creation of these man-made waterways ensured a more swift and efficient transit of the raw materials that fuelled the industrial revolution – most notably coal, cotton and steel – meaning the UK would not be in the enviable position as one of the world’s most advanced nations that it is today without these advancements.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy a tour through the history of canals in the the UK, as well as developing a better understanding of the cultural changes that life on the canals created.
Spread over two floors and with a wharf just outside, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained during their time at the London Canal Museum.
Ongoing exhibitions and attractions at the London Canal Museum
A range of exhibition take place at the museum throughout the year, with a changing roster of displays and exhibits to capture the imagination of visitors of all ages.
Examples of events that have taken place at the museum over recent months include:
The Hertford Union Canal – An exhibition of materials gathered by Laburnum Boat Club as part of the group’s heritage project.
The Glamorganshire Canal – An illustrated talk concerning the creation of the impressive waterway, which was built by Thomas Dadford and his son to link the iron works of Merthyr Tydfil to the port of Cardiff.
Gunpowder on the Lee – A look at the history of the the Royal Gunpowder Mills on the Lee at Waltham Abbey, which became a key player in the gunpowder trade for more than 300 years from the mid-17th century; all made possible by the local canals.
Full details of the current selection of events and exhibitions on offer at the London Canal Museum can be found by heading to the attraction’s official website.
Opening hours and admission for the London Canal Museum
Open every day of the week except Mondays, the museum is open daily from 10am until 4.30pm, with last admission always 30 minutes before closing time.
Entry to the museum will cost:
- Adults (£4.00)
- Children (£2.00)
- Seniors (£3.00)
- Students (£3.00)
- Families (£10.00)
- Trust members & Museums Association members (£2.00)
Reduced rates are also available for groups of ten or more that book their visit in advance.
Guests are reminded that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult or remain part of a supervised group at all times. Family tickets consist of either one adult and up to four children, or two adults accompanied by no more than three children.
Parking for visitors to the London Canal Museum
Visitors hoping to travel by car during their time in London can make use of several nearby parking options when planning a visit to the London Canal Museum, with nearby facilities including:
- St Pancras Public Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Baron Street Car Park (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
- Judd Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- Melton Street Car Park (one mile, 21 minutes)
- York Way Car Park (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- Upper Street Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- NCP Brunswick Square (one mile, 20 minutes)
- Skinner Street Car Park (one mile, 20 minutes)
- George Mews Car Park (1.1 miles, 24 minutes)
- Stanhope Street Car Park (1.4 miles, 30 minutes)
- Parkside Road Car Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- RCP Parking – Bernard Street Car Park (1.1 miles, 23 minutes)
- Elia Mews Car Park (one mile, 21 minutes)
However, visitors planning to drive during their time in the English capital should remember the importance of planning their journeys in advance, as traffic volumes can be high at most times of the day. Indeed, the morning and evening rush hours can be particularly stressful periods to take to the roads and travel at this time should be avoided.
In addition, motorists are advised that parking spaces can be limited due to the large number of vehicles in central London. It is therefore recommended for drivers to pre-book their parking before their departure.
Underground travel options for the London Canal Museum
For all those who would rather do away with the stresses of driving in London, the extensive Underground network offers a far more relaxed and efficient travel option for London visitors to make use of.
The London Canal Museum is located in the heart of one the city’s most popular areas for tourism and therefore it is served by several nearby stations:
- Angel (Northern line)
- Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
- Goodge Street (Northern line)
- Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)
- Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
- Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines)
- Mornington Crescent (Northern line)
Visitors hoping to make use of public transport when planning a visit to the London Canal Museum can also make use of several nearby overground rail stations, including Kings Cross, St Pancras International and London Euston.
Full details of all public transport options, including Tube, bus and rail services, can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
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Other nearby attractions for visitors to the London Canal Museum
Finally, it is not just the London Canal Museum that draws millions of visitors to this bustling city every year, with London offering a vast array of attractions to suit all manner of tastes and predilections.
Visitors can enjoy everything from a night at the theatre to a tour of some of London’s most historic and breathtaking attractions, there really is a vast selection of local sights and activities for people to enjoy. Here are just a few:
- Madame Tussauds London (1.9 miles, 17 minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- The British Museum (1.4 miles, 20 minutes)
- St Paul’s Cathedral (1.9 miles, 15 minutes)
- HintHunt London (one mile, 12 minutes)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (2.2 miles, 16 minutes)
- Somerset House (two miles, 21 minutes)
- The National Gallery (2.3 miles, 14 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (2.2 miles, 15 minutes)
- Coca-Cola London Eye (2.6 miles, 21 minutes)
- 5D World London (2.2 miles, 19 minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (2.8 miles, 24 minutes)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (2.4 miles, 24 minutes)
- The London Dungeon (2.7 miles, 21 minutes)
- Sea Life London Aquarium (2.8 miles, 20 minutes)
- London Bridge Experience (2.8 miles, 22 minutes)
- Monument to the Great Fire of London (2.5 miles, 21 minutes)
- Hyde Park (2.8 miles, 19 minutes)
- Tower of London (three miles, 26 minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (2.9 miles, 19 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (2.9 miles, 19 minutes)