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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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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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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 

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Additional Information about The Canal Museum

Address: 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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