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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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26 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Edgware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a cafe on the ground floor and exhibition above. Lots of interesting details of how the canals and tunnels were constructed. Also interesting was how the narrow boats were propelled through the tunnels where horses could not go. I now know where the expression "legging it" comes from. I think legging boatd through the tunnel would make... More 

Thank Heath H
Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small in size but big in displaying how the Canel waterways were developed and used as a transport system to move goods to ports. Excellent set of questions for children to explore important features and events. Well worth visiting and followed by trip on barge Charlie into the famous Blisworth Tunnel.

Thank Graham Anthony R
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my Dad who is disabled on a recommendation and I was disappointed to see that the Museum wasn't disabled friendly. Meaning my Dad had to struggle up two flights of stairs. However it is a beautiful setting and I found the locks and canal boats fascinating!

Thank NMilsted
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place for a day trip, Full explanations of how canal system works, and how people have lived and worked on the narrow boats in peace and war. The 19th century equivalent of the heavy trucks on today's motorways. Kids will like it, and a great pub across the canals for the adults.

Thank Brian L
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ordered Red Leicester and Onion sandwiches with coleslaw and crisps, and tea for two.Gaining the attention of the staff was difficult, but I was then asked "Do you want your tea with your sandwiches? "When I replied yes, little did I realise that the tea would be completely forgotten and I would have to go up... More 

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

Good Morning. I was very disappointed when I read your review and I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. Policies have been put in place to ensure these mistakes do not happen again. As for the crisps instead of chips, we do not have a kitchen here at the canal museum. All the Sandwiches are prepared on the... More 

Venice, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The sign on the A5 saying Canal Museum had my wife breaking sharply and turning left. A drive down lanes heavy with green and may but unfortunately no further directions. To say that Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum is not well signposted is an understatement but it is well worth finding out. It is on the towpath of the Grand Union... More 

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