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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
WendyPyatt
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Portchester, United Kingdom
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Portchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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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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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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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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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Not a large museum - but it is worth a visit if you are interested in canals and the life of the boat people that traveled up and down this very busy section of the canal network.

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Small but informative museum adjacent the Grand Union canal. Several canal barges were moored and several used the lock whilst we were there. A pleasant short walk along the tow path to the south portal of the Blisworth Tunnel.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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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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
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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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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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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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Additional Information about The Canal Museum

Address: Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN127SE, England
Phone Number: +44 1604 862229
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northamptonshire  >  Stoke Bruerne
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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