Museum Visit 1: Canal Museum, King’s Cross

Date: Thur 1 August 2024

Time: 10.30 for a 11.00am boat departure

Meeting point: London Canal Museum, 12–13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT

Travel arrangements: The museum can be accessed from King’s Cross station by taking York Way to the right of the station and following the brown London Canal Museum signs. Alternatively, you can travel by bus from Archway; take route 390 to Wharfdale Road/London Canal Museum or route 17 to Killick Street. Details of timings and meeting point to be confirmed after booking.

Cost:  £12.00 including a tunnel boat trip.

NOTE: We need to confirm numbers attending with the venue by 18 Julyso please book by this date.

The London Canal 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 ice cream and the ice trade as well as the canals.

The displays deals with all aspects of the UK’s waterways, with the exhibitions covering the following topics:

  • Carlo Gatti and the ice trade
  • Social history of canal workers
  • Lifting and handling
  • The decorative arts of the canals known as “roses and castles”
  • Water and locks – canal engineering
  • Boats and çargoes
  • Methods of traction by horses, internal combustion engines, and miniature tractors
  • History of the London canals

From the museum the boat will travel through the three-quarters of a mile long Islington Tunnel and back, which will take approximately 50 minutes.

The cost of the visit is £12.00 including the tunnel boat trip.

Maximum number 24 in two separate boat trips of 12 in each boat at 11.00am and 12.00pm.

To book your place or for further information, please email Michael Lewin at: or phone 07884 122 942. Please book before 18 July.