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Leisurely Trips Down The Canal
The Regent's Canal in Islington opened in 1820. Setting off back then was a physical workout because there was no towpath through the tunnel. You literally had to lay your back against the canal boat, while pushing against the wall with your legs. In 1826, however, a steam chain tug was introduced, which was turned around by the steam engine. This method lasted for a hundred years, until diesel fuel was produced.
The design of the tunnel was initially launched as a competition in 1812. Unfortunately all the entries were pretty wild and deemed unsuitable. In the end, engineer James Morgan was ordered to build it, but at £40,000, it cost far more than was expected.
From late spring to the beginning of autumn, the London Canal Museum will be giving Sunday tours of Regent's Canal. It is 960 yards long and is about a twenty minute trip both ways. You will learn about the history of the tunnel as you travel down the canal on in a narrowboat. On the ride you will be able to see the original brickwork and some recent restorations.
Tickets include the boat trip, entry to the museum and cost £8.30 for adults and £6.00 for children. Departure times from the museum are available at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3pm, and 4pm. You can also book by calling 020 7713 0836. There are two trips a month between May and September, then one final trip in October. You can choose from the following dates:
12th & 26th May 9th & 23rd June 14th & 28th July 11th & 25th August 8th & 22nd September 13th October