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The Canal Museum

Address: Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN127SE, England
Phone Number: +44 1604 862229
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Visit the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to follow the story of Britain's canals, from the great...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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73 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We recently had a very good day visiting the canal museum.The staff were very friendly and the museum was very interesting. We really enjoyed the canal walk and the audio was very good, which you could listen to both in the museum and on the tow path. Unfortunately the canal barge was not operating due to the time of year,... More 

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

Dear PaulAli1882QPR, Thank you so much for your favourable review. We're glad that you enjoyed your trip to Stoke Bruerne. The canal boat trips are not run by the musuem, so unfortunately we have no control over the operating times. The trip boats operate every day throughout summer, and generally in winter they run on weekends and school holidays, and... More 

Bridlington
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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

1940s weekend. My Granddaughter and I went for the weekend. went on the canal boat trip, we had a excellent weekend, will be back next year. A big Thanks to Trevor....

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

Dear glen S, Thank you for your kind review. We agree, this year's Village at War event was one of the best yet. We look forward to welcoming you back for next year's event, on 12-13 September 2015! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had intended to combine a visit to the Museum with a walk along the canal but the heavens opened. We spent over an hour in the museum and could have spent even longer. The displays were excellent and very informative. It was of particular interest because I am researching boatmen and lock-keeper ancestors. We then went on a boat... More 

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

Dear Sue M, Thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Stoke Bruerne. We're always happy to help you find information if you have a specific interest, if we can. We look forward to welcoming you back to Stoke Bruerne soon! More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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52 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited here as part of our narrow boat holiday. You enter through the gift shop and the museum is up stairs, so not good for those unable to do stairs. There is a kids hunt to do on the way round, which is good as there is a lot to read so not ideal for smaller kids. Its great... More 

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

Hi Amy R Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to our museum. We take great pride in our descriptions and depictions of what life was like for those who lived and worked on the nation's canals in the past. As you may know, the Canal Museum is housed in an historic former corn mill. Due... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A must for everyone even children. A very well put together museum on the development, construction, history and life on the canals across the country. Particularly good information about the construction of the Blisworth tunnel and a reconstruction of a working boats cabin.

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

Hi Richard C. Thank you for your fantastic review. We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your visit to our museum. We take great pride in our our programmes which engage children with the museum. The museum's quizzes and treasure hunts are a daily acticity in the museum, but we also hold numerous free children's events throughout the year, and... More 

Fareham
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12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

An interesting museum on the canal. Gave a very good flavour of the canal's history with many fascinating artefacts and models.

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GlosWaterways, Public Relations Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - we're really pleased that you enjoyed our hidden gem of a museum! More 

Leighton Buzzard
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Took two Year 1 classes to the museum this term as part of our topic Splish, Splash, Splosh. Can't recommend Stoke Bruerne highly enough for a school trip. All the staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and patient with (some very excitable) children. It is well resourced and interesting and all the children enjoyed the day. We will be back!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have passed by here many times, but today we had a bit of spare time so we decided to call in. The museum is well stocked, and has items to interest anyone who is into canals. It even has child friendly displays, including period clothing that children can try on. The displays cover the full history of the canals,... More 

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