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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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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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Canal boat museum was interesting but short. Very expensive trip overall with food being as expensive as a London resort. Travelling by car was well signposted but avoid the M1

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2015
Andrew D
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Canal being worked on,water drained from one section of the canal and a lot of fencing and sludge on show,should be ok soon though.work does not affect the navigation pub or restaurants.

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Thank Graham A
London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Look, it's not difficult. You update the website to say that you are shut in winter. That would save folks like me turning up expecting you to be open because that's what is on the website.

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Thank bramblesici
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Canal boat museum was interesting but short. Very expensive trip overall with food being as expensive as a London resort. Travelling by car was well signposted but avoid the M1

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Thank Andrew D
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Interesting things to see, but we felt it was far too expensive, we walked around it in a about 30 minutes, not good value for money.

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Thank Howyou
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

On a canal boat holiday on the Grand Union Canal, we moored at Stoke Bruerne to visit the Canal Museum. Having spent a week on the canals, it was fascinating to learn the history of their construction and how the long canal tunnels were built. There was also a display on the narrowboat art style "roses and castles" which I... More 

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Thank DunelmArts
Earls Barton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

A lot of heritage signs, some engines and displays that look old and tired now. The explanations are simplistic - for the last 50 years the canals have been about leisure - the museum is very slow to reflect this.

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

Thank you for your thoughts, its a continual rolling program for the team, looking after the museum building and collection, as well as updating and refreshing the displays of 200 years of inland waterway history. Fortunately, visitors can see the modern day Grand Union first hand on the museums doorstep however, your observations on leisure are interesting and will be... More 

banbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Visited with my husband, a small but comprehensive museum, the highlight for us was taking the audio trail. What a brilliant and informative way to learn about the history of Stoke Bruerne and the canals. We walked and listened to the audio, stopping to marvel at engineering feats and to visit the Blacksmith. Nice little cafe next to museum.

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Thank banbury1
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Pleased you enjoyed an interesting visit to Stoke Bruerne. The outside audio guide is new for 2015. This was made possible with support from the 'Friends of the Canal Museum.' It's great you noticed how it adds a different dimension for museum visitors. Thank you for your observations, the plan is to broaden this audio to include the museum galleries... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Museum although well laid out was not extensive. Luckily their was plenty of other things - boat trip, watching boats go through locks, blacksmith, leaded window maker - to keep the grandchildren amused. Not to impressed with having to pay parking charges considering its a small village in the middle of Northamptonshire country side.

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Thank buskerboy
Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very interesting to see all the locks working and all the lovely barges. It's also a lovely place to walk along the canal and have something to eat or drink.

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Thank Gaye P
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Pleased you had a good visit. Very fortunate along this length of canal, through Stoke Bruerne, it's situated in a pretty little village between a flight of locks and a tunnel. There are many other beautiful places to visit alongside our waterways and you can find details on the Canal and River Trusts website https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do although, it would be great... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We visited with family the other day. Sadly the local canal boats were not running despite not saying this was the case on their website, so we ended up having a nice potter around the Canal Museum. Lots of stairs so I wouldn't recommend it for people who are not good with stairs but overall it's a nice, friendly little... More 

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