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Address: Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN127SE, England
Phone Number: +44 1604 862229
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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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Canal life

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
absalomLucca
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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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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3 Thank absalomLucca
west yorkshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Grim food. .unless all you want is cakes .. sliced bread sandwiches and ready made fillings . Nasty Formica tables and plastic chairs. . No wonder it's empty !! .. very pleasant waitress .. but really .. could do better? ? Most certainly... in comparison to The Navigation at Cosgrave ... well no comparison.. Pity as it's a great location... More 

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

Good Afternoon. We are really sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to our little café. We are very limited as to what we can do on site as we do not have a kitchen. We introduced sandwiches earlier this year and so far they have been very popular. We do strive to do the best we can on our little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Comprehensive showing of canal history with audio facility. No boats but plenty of documents, models and so on. Pretty good souvenir shop too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

Nice entertainment especially if you have kids, though maybe not too young. I can see that if not interested in canals boredom would soon creep in, but if they want to know more about why canals were built then this would be a good place to visit.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Never bothered before but this round we did visit the museum. It's not a big place by far but it does contains loads of displays and interesting facts. If you want to learn more about the UK waterways and the people this little place has it all.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Kate and I arrived here just after 10 am which was really too early as the place was not awake then. Nonetheless we had a wonderful, unhurried stroll around the basin reading the information boards and enjoying the beautiful spring morning. We then ambled along the canal to the tunnel entrance and back.Such a calm and peaceful walk.If you do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

took a young person to this museum at his request and he was thoroughly fascinated with all of the exhibits and the walk along the canal side to see the locks in action

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1 Thank Dave A
CanalMuseumTeam, Duty Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Glad your visit was educational as well as fun. If you need further inspiration for learning activities the Canal & River Trust have some wonderful resources if you visit their website - search learning and click on fun things to do https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers - ENJOY More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited the canal museum at the start of our holiday. Our children range from 9-17. We all really enjoyed our visit. It was really interesting reading all the facts about the canal. The children enjoyed the dressing up. Unfortunately we didnt have time to look around outside but another time perhaps. Lovely thing to do & great start to... More 

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Daventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We came here after lunch for a look at the musuem to pass the afternoon. It is a delightful place with lots of history of the canals and artefacts relating to canal life. We had a lovely cuppa and cake afterwards and it made a change from stopping in doors on a cold windy bank holiday

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Thank chris504019
CanalMuseumTeam, Duty Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Shame the weather wasn't brighter but delighted you enjoyed your visit into the museum and ended your stay with a lovely cuppa and a piece of cake......thank you for choosing to come to Stoke Bruerne - whatever the weather. More 

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