London Canal Museum in Islington, London

The London Canal Museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in 1862-63 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and focuses on the history of the ice and ice cream trade as well as the canals.

Here you can learn about the history of London’s canals and the cargoes carried, about the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. You can look down into an enormous Victorian ice well used to store ice brought in from Norway.

Children love boats and the museum is a great place to bring them that will be both interesting and educational. They will love exploring the narrowboat cabin, and they will certainly love Henrietta the horse! Young visitors will enjoy the Activity Zone on the ground floor. 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 children’s books, and things to colour in, and cut-out model boats to make are available free from reception.

Admission is £3 per adult and £1.50 per child.

Have you been to London Canal Museum in Islington, London with your family? Please leave a quick comment below to let us know what you thought.

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