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Address: 5 The Canalside Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, England
Phone Number:
+44 1604 862229
11:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Wed - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Visit the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to follow the story of Britain's...

Visit the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to follow the story of Britain's canals, from the great engineers and navvies who created them to the boat families, leggers and lock keepers who lived and worked on them. You'll find models of working boats, traditional clothing, canal crafts, a boat-builder's workshop, beautiful historical signs and much more. You will also receive a warm welcome in the museums waterside cafe and gift shop.

The museum cafe and gift shop is now operating its winter opening hours. We are open five days a week, Wednesday through to Sunday, 10am - 15.00pm The building will be closed on Monday & Tuesday.

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Winter walk and trip to the museum

So much to see and learn about the canal. Love the history and the fact that the canal is still free to use. You can run, walk, enjoy the outdoors. There are some fabulous old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So much to see and learn about the canal. Love the history and the fact that the canal is still free to use. You can run, walk, enjoy the outdoors. There are some fabulous old photographs of life over the years. The cafe which is downstairs is very pleasant. Flowers on each table is a nice touch. Pot of tea... More 

Thank Caroline B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent place to visit, informative with very friendly staff, Brian Mayland went out of his way to talk to us and explained some of the exhibits to my 11 yr old with a clear passion for all things canal related. Thank you Brian.

1 Thank Smeagol1
Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

This is an excellent place to visit. It not only has some very interesting exhibits but also an excellent shop and cafe. It is very easy to get to and parking is very good. The staff and volunteers are all very nice people and provide very good service. An added attraction is the canal itself which only a few yards... More 

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Radlett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Downstairs is the gift shop and the coffee shop, with the museum on the upper two levels. Lots of exhibits and informative notices. Particularly liked the models of Blisworth Tunnel and Foxton Locks. Get £1 off admission charge if park in adjacent car park (£3 all day).

Thank PurryGem
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

As it is on the canal one gets a real feel of what canal life must have been, back in the glory days. It is over 3 floors and has some interesting artefacts. A nice way to spend a few hours.

Thank laurasavill
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A must if you are passing through Stoke Bruerne, either by boat or car. Set on two floors, and adjacent to the lock.

Thank Brian I
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here with our boat to fill up with water,as there is a water point so very handy, we then decided that we would go have a look around the little museum witch was very interesting and has a lovely little cafe attached to it ended going again on our way back down canal three days later

1 Thank bampygirl
Tadworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Allow about 2 hours - quite small museum but packed with lots of information - definitely worth taking the time to read the many informative displays. It displays information about life on a barge back then, plus lots of interesting info regarding the building of the canals.

2 Thank Chris C
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a tiny museum, with lots of information to read about the history of the canals and the way people lived. There are some quirky pieces of social history to see too. It lacks the interactivity of a lot of modern museums, but if you like wandering around and reading all of the information then its a very pleasant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Stoke Bruerne has lots going for it - scenery, eating places, canal locks and....The Canal Museum! Lots to see and do for both adults and children and so well laid out! You can walk around this lovely old corn mill and then walk around again because there is so much to see. The fascinating history of the waterways has never... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review of our beautiful village and Museum. More 

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