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Address: 5 The Canalside Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, England
Phone Number: +44 1604 862229
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Allow about 2 hours - quite small museum but packed with lots of information - definitely worth taking the time to read the many informative displays. It displays information... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Chris C
Tadworth, England, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here with our boat to fill up with water,as there is a water point so very handy, we then decided that we would go have a look around the little museum witch was very interesting and has a lovely little cafe attached to it ended going again on our way back down canal three days later

Thank bampygirl
Tadworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Allow about 2 hours - quite small museum but packed with lots of information - definitely worth taking the time to read the many informative displays. It displays information about life on a barge back then, plus lots of interesting info regarding the building of the canals.

1 Thank Chris C
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tiny museum, with lots of information to read about the history of the canals and the way people lived. There are some quirky pieces of social history to see too. It lacks the interactivity of a lot of modern museums, but if you like wandering around and reading all of the information then its a very pleasant... More 

1 Thank Humpyrumpy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stoke Bruerne has lots going for it - scenery, eating places, canal locks and....The Canal Museum! Lots to see and do for both adults and children and so well laid out! You can walk around this lovely old corn mill and then walk around again because there is so much to see. The fascinating history of the waterways has never... More 

2 Thank Aquarius19
Stephanie F, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review of our beautiful village and Museum. More 

Letchworth Garden City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small but interesting museum which gives a good insight into life on the canals in their heyday and the story of their restoration. There's also an audio guide which takes you along the towpath although much of the information is duplicated from information panels in the museum.

1 Thank Clive480077
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the visit and very informative - there is a walking tour with hand held speakers which also give the local history and watching the lock operation at close quarters equally interesting

Thank NobbyDJN
Northampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Went to the pirate event today. The advertisement for the event said loads of pirate activities and things to do. There was a tent where you could picture paint and a bouncy castle. To join the treasure hunt around the museum you had to dress up as a pirate to get in free .If you don't dress up you pay... More 

Thank Eddy W
Stephanie F, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Good Afternoon. I am very sorry you didn't enjoy our Pirate weekend. All of the other feed back we have had has been very positive, especially as it was a free event. We didn't charge for children regardless of whether they dressed as a pirate or not. We were just encouraging children to dress up as a bit of fun.... More 

Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

A small museum with interesting exhibits. Clean and well kept and an essential visitor attraction Museum shop is overpriced

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit. Enjoyed seeing the locks working and it was busy with boats coming through. We took a boat trip and didn't bother with the actual museum though we went in the gift shop where they tried to rip me off over a book - cover price £10, their price at till £14.99 until I complained when it... More 

Thank g0akc
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Had a great day out. Talking to the Blacksmith was great and he was very informative. Food is a bit exspensive, and so is the Museum. Weather was great, and plenty of boats to see. I would say that the weather plays a big part in having a good day.

Thank Melvyn P

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