Regent's Canal

Tower Hamlets wide

  • From Grand Union Canal till River Thames in east London, E14

  • free

  • Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, always open

disabled access

Regent's Canal is one of the gorgeous getaways in London. An eight and a half mile stretch of waterway that leads from Docklands to Islington and Camden Town, from there it goes through Regents Park to Little Venice and Paddington - the perfect escape from the noise of the big city..

The Canal was opened in 1820 for commercial purposes and was designed to transport goods, since canals offered an important alternative to the railways which were always overworked. That kind of usage declined in the 20th century, commercial traffic had pretty much disappeared by 1968, when the canal was opened to the public. The most popular spots are the patches between the canal museum (King's Cross) and Camden Town and also the ones from Camden Town to Little Venice.

The canal's diverse wildlife includes cormorants, moorhens, crayfish, coots, grey herons and mallard ducks.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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