Visit by Boat

Visitor Mooring Available


If you are cruising through London, be sure to stop at the London Canal Museum. Visit the museum, go shopping locally, and stay overnight if you wish.

Our location

We are on The Regent's Canal, between St. Pancras Lock and Islington Tunnel. Battlebridge Basin is on your right if you are travelling from west to east. Turn into the basin and we are towards the far end, on the left.

Canal wharf to the rear of museum building with glazed screen in wall and pitched roof


We have space for up to two narrowboats to moor immediately behind the museum building, breasted up. During our opening hours you can moor your boat whilst you visit the museum and for a reasonable time before and afterwards, e.g. so that you can visit the nearby shops, or have lunch. Please do not stay longer than this during our opening hours so that other visitors may use the mooring. On some days the mooring will not be available, due to pre-booked use of the mooring by community boats, boats bringing groups, etc. When boat trips are in operation, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month May-October, or for groups, or school trips, you will only be able to stay a few minutes between trips. On some Saturdays and occasional other days the mooring is reserved 1600-1800 approximately for wedding and other groups arriving for private events.


There is an electricity point that you can use.

There is a water tap on the wall, for which you need a code, available from museum staff

If you are staying overnight you can leave one bag of refuse for disposal - please hand it to museum staff. Unbroken glass, plastic bottles, cans, and clean cardboard and paper (not including paper towels or shreddings) should not be placed in refuse bags but handed to staff separately for recycling.

There is WiFi Internet access free for a limited time. (See for pricing information)

Local Facilities

These include:

Staying Overnight

You can stay overnight at a charge of £10 per boat per night. Wide beamed boats count as two. The mooring is a secure location. Museum staff will give you a code that will enable you to re-enter via a side gate, if you wish to go out in the evening. It is advisable to pre-book the mooring if you wish to moor overnight by calling us on 020 7713 0836. You can pay by credit card by telephone if you are going to arrive after we have closed.

If you want to stay more than one night you must take the boat away between 1000 and 1600 (1900 on the first Thursday of the month). These are our public opening hours and during those times the mooring is exclusively for the use of visitors to the museum arriving by boat. Exceptions to this are:

  1. Mondays that are not bank holidays. On non-holiday Mondays we are closed to the public and mooring during the day is possible.
  2. Mooring at Christmas. The museum is normally closed on 24th-27th December and on 31st December and we may accept a daytime mooring on those days. Please use the website feedback form to book Christmas moorings.


In the event of needing to call emergency services, the museum's postcode is N1 9RT. The nearest hospital offering an accident and emergency service is University College Hospital, on Euston Road, just after Euston Station. King's Cross Dental offers an emergency private dentist service, Tel 020 7837 0773, 285-287 Grays Inn Road,WC1X 8QD, about 6 minutes' walk.