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Address: 5 The Canalside Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, 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
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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 much more. You will also receive a warm welcome in the museums waterside cafe and gift shop.

The museum cafe and gift shop is now operating its winter opening hours. We are open five days a week, Wednesday through to Sunday, 10am - 15.00pm The building will be closed on Monday & Tuesday.

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Winter walk and trip to the museum

So much to see and learn about the canal. Love the history and the fact that the canal is still free to use. You can run, walk, enjoy the outdoors. There are some fabulous old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Caroline B
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Bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On a cold and damp Saturday we had a lovely day out at the canal museum and a walk along the canal. The museum is small but very interesting with a good shop.

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Thank Belinda T
Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to Stoke Bruene after a visit to Foxton Locks, this museum is larger, but of less interest, yes there is more here, but there is no interaction or any audio visuals to get you into the feel of the times, hence uninspiring.

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Thank Duckula
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum & tea shop, plus many opportunities to walk along the canal towpath in either direction.

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Thank Terry D
Bristol
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to see and learn about the canal. Love the history and the fact that the canal is still free to use. You can run, walk, enjoy the outdoors. There are some fabulous old photographs of life over the years. The cafe which is downstairs is very pleasant. Flowers on each table is a nice touch. Pot of tea... More 

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Thank Caroline B
Bedford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to visit, informative with very friendly staff, Brian Mayland went out of his way to talk to us and explained some of the exhibits to my 11 yr old with a clear passion for all things canal related. Thank you Brian.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

This is an excellent place to visit. It not only has some very interesting exhibits but also an excellent shop and cafe. It is very easy to get to and parking is very good. The staff and volunteers are all very nice people and provide very good service. An added attraction is the canal itself which only a few yards... More 

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Radlett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Downstairs is the gift shop and the coffee shop, with the museum on the upper two levels. Lots of exhibits and informative notices. Particularly liked the models of Blisworth Tunnel and Foxton Locks. Get £1 off admission charge if park in adjacent car park (£3 all day).

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Thank PurryGem
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

As it is on the canal one gets a real feel of what canal life must have been, back in the glory days. It is over 3 floors and has some interesting artefacts. A nice way to spend a few hours.

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Thank laurasavill
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

A must if you are passing through Stoke Bruerne, either by boat or car. Set on two floors, and adjacent to the lock.

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Thank Brian I
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 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

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