Short-term Mooring

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The museum has space for two full-length narrowboats to moor temporarily. During the times when the museum is open, these spaces are exclusively for the use of people visiting the museum. However, on days when the museum is closed mooring is available at any time and for more than one day at a time. You must not moor when the museum is open, other than for the purpose of visiting.

Booking for the mooring can only be made online, you cannot book the mooring by telephone or in person.

Mooring times

Moorings is from 1630 to 1000 next day (except when the museum is closed). You can only book for one night if the museum is open the next day, so the only two-night stays are Sunday 1630 to Tuesday 1000 - and that doesn't apply on weekends that have Monday as a bank holiday.

The museum is open 1000-1630 on Tuesdays to Sundays and on bank holiday Mondays. When the museum is open you can ONLY be moored outside for the purpose of visiting the museum. When there is a trip boat operating you may be asked to leave before it arrives to pick up passengers, or wait until it has disembarked the last passengers of the day in the event of late running.Currently there are no trip boat operations on Tuesday Wednesdays or Saturdays but on these days there may be school parties or groups of adults with a chartered boat.


The charge is £18 per night including VAT for narrowboats and narrow cruisers. For wide-beamed boats the charge is doubled. If you have a wide-beamed boat please book TWO spaces.

First, choose your date. Available dates are shown in green. If it is white, it is not available.

Then, on the next screen choose how many spaces you want. One for one narrowboat, two for a wide beamed boat or a pair of narrowboats. Any boat wider than 7 feet is a wide-beam. You will then go on to pay by card so please have a payment card ready.

Mooring for two or more nights

You can book two (or more) consecutive nights when the museum is closed, so you can ONLY book two consecutive nights on Sunday and Monday nights when the Monday isn't a bank holiday.

The policy boils down to a very simple rule - when the museum is open we don't allow mooring unless you're visiting, and you cannot moor the night before and the night after a day when the museum is open. If you book a mooring that's not permitted we will cancel your booking.


Electricity is available from a stanchion on the wharf. Water is available from a tap on the wall. To get the code for the padlock please e-mail on the day of arrival, or ask staff if staff are present. The electricity socket box on the museum wall is not for use by boaters. For the entry and exit gate code please do the same, on the day of arrival, not in advance. You need this code to return to your boat if you go out.


If you have any questions please e-mail or you can use the general contact form. Please do not telephone us about moorings. You can also message us via Google Maps, or Facebook, if it is urgent.

Mooring special restriction

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Local Information


Nearest hospital with A and E department is University College Hospital, along the Euston Road, just past Euston station

The postcode is N1 9RT. The "what 3 words" location is "cover.submit.storm".

The nearest pharmacy is on Caledonian Road, turn left on New Wharf Road, right onto All Saints' Street, and at the end turn left. A Boots pharmacy on St. Pancras Station is open for longer hours


King's Cross has a variety of shops. The largest supermarket is Tesco Express, turn right onto New Wharf Road and keep going straight. A small Sainsbury's is on Pentonville Road and there is a 24 hour Co-Op on Caledonian Road north of the canal. There is a DIY shop on Caledonian Road, on the east side, a few hundred metres to the north. There are plenty of restaurants and the Indian restaurants in the area near the south end of Caledonian Road offer good value for money. There are various other restaurants and fast food outlets and several pubs serving meals.

Pump Out

The museum does not have this facility