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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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Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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beautifully laid out and interesting museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
60 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
73 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
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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105 reviews 105 reviews
52 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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 

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