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The Canal Museum

Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN127SE, England
+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 engineers and navvies who created them to the boat... more » 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. « less
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Fareham
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum was a fabulous end of term trip for my class of 29 seven year olds. The volunteers brought the history of the canals to life. We were able to help open lock gates, visit the museum, dress up as canal children and as a separate activity we took a short boat trip into Blisworth tunnel on... More

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New Galloway, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lovely few hours here , staff were helpful , very knowledgable , gift shop and cafe lovely and the views wow,

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

Thank you for your kind words. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to Stoke Bruerne, and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Canal Museum soon. More

Wellinborough
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I led a party of 22 primary school pupiks on a trip to Stoke Bruerne last week. From the time we arrived at 10 am until our departure at 2pm, the children were enthralled! The staff were brilliant with the children and provided a range of interesting experiences including the opening and closing of the lock gates!

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

Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Stoke Bruerne, and hope you come back soon with your friends and family! More

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

We planned to visit the museum while on a narrowboat holiday. Only to find the museum closed! We telephoned the museum to find out when it opened and a very obstructive woman eventually told us it was closed all easter week. The gift shop was full of non related tat such as dinosaur placemats and personalised car tax holders (in... More

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

Dear Mr Steely Thank you for your review. The Museum was closed from mid-January to mid-April for a complete refurbishment during our most quiet period of the year. Our communications team made every effort to inform our partons of our closure during this period. A notice was placed on our website, although in hind-sight the notice was not as prominent... More

Rossendale
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We visited Stoke Bruerne last week ( March 2014) and the museum was closed. This was very disappointing as the visit to Stole Bruerne is based around the canal but we did take a short canal boat trip up to the tunnel and then had a drink and sent some time in the key-side pub so the trip was not... More

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

Dear Zooma49, Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. The Museum was closed from mid-January to mid-April for a complete refurbishment during our most quiet period of the year. Our communications team made every effort to inform our partons of our closure during this period. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this necessary closure has... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Went to visit the museum mid February, was really loooking forward to it, have been thinking for a while about getting a canal boat and wanted to learn more about them. made the trip over, which was thankfully only 20 miles away, paid for parking (didnt mind, it all goes towards running costs right?) got to the museum only to... More

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

Dear Isobel P, Our museum was closed from January to March this year for a necessary complete refurbishment. These months were chosen for the refurbishment as they are traditionally the least busy months, and were likely to cause least inconvenience for our patrons. Whilst we made every effort to inform our patrons of the necessary closure, it would appear the... More

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