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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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Informative and very visual

We like this museum because there was a lot to see. There were many panels with detailed information but the use of photographs and other graphics as well as displays made it easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Laurence A
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We have been before and the weather was nice so we decided to take our granddaughter hoping to take a trip on the canal. Firstly, the parking was £3.00 for all day, £1.00 off at the museum shop. We thought this expensive and we didn't want anything from the shop. Try to find elsewhere to park. To our disappointment none... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A rather quaint museum - nicely set out - lots of interesting pieces and a great place to visit. Coffee was good too.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Having visited this museum as a child on two school trips I couldn't wait to return to see it again as an adult. What a disappointment. Only two rooms of things to see, a lot of which were repeated. £3 car parking and £4,75 each entrance charge for 30 mins of viewing - I was very disappointed. It must have... More 

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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I live in a narrowboat on the Grand Union canal, so I'm pretty interested in canal life and history. I was disappointed with this museum. Including the £3 parking charge, it cost about £15 for me and 2 children to walk round two small rooms of cluttered display cases. Far too much stuff, not all Grand Union related, for too... More 

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Mat B, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Dear Joanna Thank you for your feedback. We regret that your visit to our site didn't live up to your expectations on this occasion. Museum staff and a team of dedicated curatorial volunteers have worked tirelessly throughout the winter break to update and enhance the museum displays, exhibits and interpretive information. We are also very glad to have achieved full... More 

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We like this museum because there was a lot to see. There were many panels with detailed information but the use of photographs and other graphics as well as displays made it easy to interact. We travelled to the museum by canal boat so we are well into the history of the canals but there was plenty to learn as... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a little gem - situated on the tow path by the side of the canal - so offering several cafes and restaurants to choose from plus the opportunity to take a brief trip on a canal barge. The museum was closed while it was being refurbished when we visited last year - well worth the wait. Lots of... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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44 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I was impressed with this museum of canal life and history. You get a £1 discount off admission if you park in the adjoining pay and display (£3 to park all day), but there is nowhere else to park anyway in the village as double yellows predominate. I started with a pot of tea and a cheese and ham Panini... More 

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Mat B, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Dear Bob, Thank you for your review. We're so pleased your enjoyed your visit. We have loads of activities for the childen to keep them interested, engaged and learning about our waterways. We have a free museum quiz, and period costumes for the kids to try as part of their Stok Bruerne experience. More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I've been to the Canal Museum a few times now and am never left disappointed. This time I took 55 school children and we had such a wonderful day. We were greeted by some local volunteers who guided us throughout the day to our various activities and taught the children about how the canals were built and used. Safety was... More 

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Mat B, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We're so pleased that you and the children enjoyed your trip to Stoke Bruerne. We look forward to welcoming you back next year! More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went here for a day out as wanted to go somewhere quite local for something to do in half term. On getting to Stoke Bruerne the car park is not well signposted and when we did arrive it is a pay and display car park which is not stated on the website, so had to hunt around for change. We... More 

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Mat B, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit to the Canal Museum on this occasion. We understand that access to the car park may be confusing for those visiting out site for the first time. Directions are provided on our website and brochure, and we're very excited that new signage will be installed across the... More 

Brentwood, Essex
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159 reviews 159 reviews
79 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne is housed in an old corn mill right on the canal towpath. The main exhibits are on the first and second floor (reached by stairs - I don't think there is a lift). Whilst the collection is not extensive it has some interesting artefacts that are well displayed. Audio guides are available if you... More 

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