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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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Lots packed into such a small space

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
PurryGem
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Radlett, United Kingdom
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Radlett, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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1 Thank bampygirl
Tadworth, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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.

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2 Thank Chris C
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 

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1 Thank Humpyrumpy
Worcestershire
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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 

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3 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 September 26, 2016 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.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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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

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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 

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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 

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