London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum

The London Canal Museum in Islington is suitable for all the family. The Activity Zone is a small area on the ground floor for our youngest visitors. There they can build a bridge, using the materials provided, and there is a whiteboard with magnetic letters and canal related images to be used to create artistic effects! There are childrens’ books, and things to colour in. Cut-out model boats to make are available free from reception.


At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

On Tuesdays in August a date in the spring and autumn we offer special fun-filled days of activities for children. See the children’s activity page on the website for more details!

Opening Times

Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.30pm

Bank Holiday Monday’s 10.00am – 4.30pm


Adult £4.00, Child £2.00, Senior £3.00, Student £3.00, Family£10.00

(Child is age 5-15) 4 and under admission is FREE

A Family means 1 adult and up to 4 children, or 2 adults and up to 3 children.

  • Buggy park
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Feeding room
  • All year