The Victorian water tower that once supplied steam locomotives at St. Pancras Station has now been moved to a position besides the Regent's Canal, near St. Pancras Lock. There are scheduled public walks from the museum to the top of the tower and, in addition, we can arrange a special tower-top walk in conjunction with group visits to the museum. There are fine views from the top!
There is a charge of £5 per adult, payable at the museum before we set off.. This does not include admission. To provide a guide for a group the charge is £30 for up to 25 people.
The tower, now called the Waterpoint, was designed under the direction of Sir George Gilbert Scott, and is a fine example of Victorian gothic architecture. The railways needed water towers to supply water for steam traction, and it was a 21st Century railway that led to the tower being moved around 700 yards to its present position. It had to be moved to make way for the high speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel. It dates to the 1870's and was part of the complex of buildings that were the station and hotel. It was divided into sections for its removal by giant cranes prior to its formal re-opening in 2005.
There is no need to book in advance. (except groups) If you are on the way and are late please call 020 7713 0836, we will wait up to 10 minutes or will arrange to meet at a convenient point part of the way into the canal walk. If the weather forecast is poor, please bring an umbrella or raincoat as there is limited shelter. The walk will not be cancelled due to rain.
You must be physically fit to take part in this walk as it involves crossing a lock via a narrow lock gate walkway, and climbing to the top of the tower. Suitable footwear is mandatory, please do not arrive in loose fitting shoes. We will turn away anyone who in the opinion of the guide is not wearing suitable footwear or who would be at risk due to not being physically fit.
You will leave via Camley Street and your guide will give you directions to St. Pancras Station where public transport is easily available.
If you are considering bringing a group of at least a dozen people a special walk may be possible for your party by prior arrangement, combined with a visit to the museum. Groups of more than 25 will be split into two or more parties for the ascent of the tower.