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The Canal Museum

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Address: Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN127SE, England
Phone Number: +44 1604 862229
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Description: 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 more. Now part of the Canal & River Trust the museum is undergoing extensive refurbishment and is now even better placed to offer an enhanced visitor experience.
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Good day out

We had a very informative day at this museum. There was plenty of information to read and interesting things to look at. It certainly explained what life working on the boats must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The museum is not as good as it used to be. Whilst we all know who Rosie and Jim is, it's a shame to cover the lovely vintage Bollinger engine with these large toys so that people who wished to see the engine had difficulty. The engine is positioned in the cafe and you feel awkward pushing past people to... More 

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CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. The Rosie & Jim rag dolls are temporary through the summer holiday season. I'm pleased you liked the Bollinder engine which is a popular exhibit with visitors and our curatorial volunteers so I hope you had the opportunity to look at our other two engines in the shop area. It's disappointing your visit wasn't what you... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We had a very informative day at this museum. There was plenty of information to read and interesting things to look at. It certainly explained what life working on the boats must have been like. On a dry day it is well worth having the audio guide, included in the price and following it along the towpath.

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CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you - glad you had a good day :-) More 

Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you like narrow boats,canals,locks etc,its all here,visit the Canal Museum to see models of all the types of craft used on the Grand Union Canal. Three floors of exhibits,"great" also has a cafe for food and drink.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The museum is set above the usual gift shop which seems to be a pre-requisite of this type of attraction. It cost £12.00 for a 'family ticket' - 2 adults and 2 children. It does contain some interesting displays but after 10 minutes you have seen it all at least twice and we left feeling somewhat disappointed. Interesting and educational... More 

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Aylesbury
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A return visit for us to this charming place, and it was nice to see that there had been a few changes (for the better) since last year. An errant fire-alarm resulted in the shop, museum and café being out-of-bounds on our arrival so we had a little walk up through the woods to the mouth of the Blisworth Tunnel... More 

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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had been recommended to visit this museum by guide-books but I'm afraid we were rather disappointed as the admission price is high and there weren't very many exhibits to see. Not good value for money and could have been a lot better.

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leicester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Good venue with limited interest unless you are involved with canal travelor history.. I would say it targets the older age groups but there are levels of interest for the younger family members which are limited. Would be difficult to keep toddlers engaged outside of the canal boat trip. Well run, clean, tidy and enthusiastic staff. Museum is good to... More 

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Portchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A small but interesting museum that gives an insight into the lives of the people who worked on the canals and reminds us that these now beautiful waterways were once major transport links and industrial landscapes with hard working and often misunderstood people. Friendly staff, nice cafe and a nice selection of things in the gift shop. Do walk up... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Stoke Bruerne village is a real treasure, a beautiful Northamptonshire village and with so much canal history well worth a visit. Plenty of places to eat and drink too and the Canal museum is well worth the visit. Take time to look and see how people lived and worked on these craft that were so key to the industrial revolution.

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Very good and efficient service . We had Coffee and Toasted Tea Cakes Cafe was clean and tidy family friendly. Overlooking the Canal Basin plenty to watch.

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