a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions

London, Kings Cross
St Pancras International
King's Cross St Pancras (Underground)

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The adjacent National Rail stations of Kings Cross and St Pancras International are served by a single Underground station named King's Cross St Pancras. This has the distinction of being on more Underground lines than any other station on the network.

Euston is only ½ mile from St Pancras International and Kings Cross so it is reasonable to walk between the stations and this is easier than going down to the Underground and back up again to travel just one stop. There are frequent buses (from stop A) along Euston Road but since you need to cross this busy road at both ends it is simpler to walk to Euston.

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British Library ¼ mile

The Sir John Ritblat Gallery hosts a permanent display of the Library's greatest treasures including sacred texts, maps, early printing, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from around the world. The Magna Carta can be seen and displays explain its significance. Philatelic exhibition of some of the world's rarest and most significant stamps. Café and Restaurant. Tel. 0843 208 1144.
Open M-F 0930-1800, Sat 0930-1700, Sun 1100-1700.

London Canal Museum ½ mile

This museum, housed in a former ice warehouse, tells the story of London's canals and the ice trade. Discover how people lived and worked on a traditional narrowboat and how horses were used to pull the boats. Tel. 020 7713 0836.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1630.

Camley Street Natural Park ½ mile

Two acres of wild green space created from an old coal yard on the banks of the Regent's Canal. The reserve includes pond, meadow and woodland habitats which provide a home for birds, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life. Visitor Centre and picnic area. Tel. 020 7833 2311.
Open closed for building work until spring 2019.

Foundling Museum ½ mile

The museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first children's charity, founded by Thomas Coram in 1739. The museum houses significant collections of 18th century art, furniture, clocks and historical documents. A major collection relates to the life and work of composer George Frideric Handel. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 020 7841 3600.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1700.

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British Museum 1¼ miles or by bus

Founded in 1753, the British Museum's extensive collection covers two million years of human history. Iconic objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, the Lewis Chessmen and Egyptian mummies. Cafés and Restaurant. Admission free but there are charges for some special exhibitions. Tel. 020 7323 8299.
Open Daily 1000-1730.
Bus 73 and 390 from stop A to Tottenham Court Road, 'Stephen Street' stop. Daily, about 10 minutes journey, about every 5 minutes.
Note that Russell Square Underground station (Piccadilly line) is nearby.

Pollock's Toy Museum 1¼ miles or by bus

The small rooms and winding stairs give this toy museum a special atmosphere. Exhibits include dolls, teddy bears, puppets, toy theatres and optical, mechanical and construction toys. Tel. 020 7636 3452.
Open M-S 1000-1700, closed BH.
Bus see British Museum above but alight at 'Goodge Street Station' stop.
Note that Russell Square Underground station (Piccadilly line) is nearby.

Charles Dickens Museum ¾ mile or by bus

The home of Charles Dickens from 1837 until 1839, he described it as 'my house in town'. Some of his best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist. The softly lit rooms contain many objects from the Victorian period. Café. Tel. 020 7405 2127.
Open TWThFSSu 1000-1700 (last admission 1600).
Bus 46 from stops S and D to Gray's Inn Road, Guilford Street (next stop after Eastman Dental Hospital). Daily, 5-10 minutes journey, every 10-15 minutes.

Postal Museum & Mail Rail ¾ mile or by bus

The Museum covers nearly 400 years of postal history. Café. Across the road is Mail Rail, an exhibition and ride on the underground railway built to transport mail. Tel. 0300 0300 700.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus see Charles Dickens Museum above.

Wellcome Collection ¾ mile

Promoted as for 'the incurably curious', the unique mix of galleries and events explore the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. Admission free. Café. Tel. 020 7611 2222.
Open TWThFS 1000-1800, Sun 1100-1800.

Brunei Gallery 1 mile

Permanent displays and changing exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Japanese Roof Garden. Admission free. Tel. 020 7637 2388.
Open TWThFS 1030-1700.

Grant Museum of Zoology 1 mile

A teaching collection of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Admission free. Tel. 020 3108 2052.
Open M-S 1300-1700, closed at Christmas and Easter.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology 1 mile

An archaeological collection illustrating life in the Nile Valley. Tel. 020 7679 2884.
Open TWThFS 1300-1700.