The Canal Museum

The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne: Address, Phone Number, The Canal Museum Reviews: 4/5

The Canal Museum
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Historic Sites • History Museums
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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 open 10am - 17.00pm seven days a week.
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2-3 hours
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Harveypup22
Lavendon, UK90 contributions
Waterside cafe at Canal Museum
Dec 2019
This is a small simple cafe next door to the museum. It offers sandwiches and soup and hot and cold drinks. It is simple food, but it is done very well. We had a toasted brie, bacon and cranberry sandwich. It was excellent, very tasty and with lovely bacon which was not too fatty. It was just what we wanted for a light lunch on a cold day. It is also very good value and the service was good. I would recommend for a light lunch.
Written December 7, 2019
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John S
25 contributions
Great day at the museum
Sep 2019
If you like canals then you will love the canal museum that has a cafe attached to it. You can even look out at the canal while you have a coffee. Three floors of canal related information and artefacts. There is a separate company offering a canal trip through the nearby canal tunnel which is one of the longest in England.
Written November 1, 2019
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markH8236GX
Essex, UK57 contributions
Great place to stop off if using the M1
Sep 2019
Heading up the M1 we found this a great place to take a break and stop for lunch. Only a short distance from J15, it has a great cafe and a very pleasant place to stretch the legs for a hour or two during a long journey.
The tow path walks are free but there is a small cost for the museum and pay'n'display car park.
Written October 23, 2019
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Malcolm H
Daventry, UK190 contributions
Brilliant
Oct 2019 • Friends
A real potted history of the local and national canal system. I would have liked to have seen a little more on the wartime use but there was a bit for everyone. Lovely cafe attached as well
Written October 10, 2019
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Grey Rocks
Rugby, UK23 contributions
Feel The History
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is a lovely and well looked after. Can be busy but with plenty to do and see. The narrowboats are wonderful to see aswell.
Written September 5, 2019
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PadiP
Poole, UK1,848 contributions
Small. Wonderful insight.
Sep 2019 • Friends
Small museum but ideal to understand how hard this
Life must have been. Handy for the Blisworth Tunnel as well. Enjoy.
Written September 3, 2019
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livinglifetothefull1
Hertfordshire, UK846 contributions
Overcharged.
Aug 2019 • Couples
Asked the young man for two student tickets who said that concessions were only for pensioners. Subsequently visited the website to see if this is correct- it isn’t! Please ensure your staff know the correct information - as we were two students who overpaid.
The museum is ok - however I wouldn’t really recommend unless you have a deep passion in canals.
If you park in the car park next door you get a refund of £1 off the entrance. Therefore costing £1.50 rather than £2.50 to park.
Written August 26, 2019
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Seehanes
United Kingdom188 contributions
Very good museum in the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne
Aug 2019
This is a very good museum located on the canal-side of Stoke Bruerne, and it includes a welcoming cafe and well-stocked tourist shop. My rating, however, also incorporates my general feelings towards the village of Stoke Bruerne itself. I have visited numerous times over the past nine years, and it is always a hive of activity. There is much to see on the water, and a generous array of pubs, cafes, and restaurants from which to soak up the atmosphere. There is even a private stone cottage serving afternoon teas in its canal-side garden. Stroll away from the canal to take in the village green surrounded by thatched stone cottages, and visit the historic church that recently celebrated its 800th anniversary. Visiting during the annual (September) Village at War Weekend festival is a bonus.
Written August 14, 2019
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bluewestie
46 contributions
day out
Sep 2018
Lovely village to see September they have a 1940s weekend with stalls and 1940s music to lisen too and have a dance see people dressed up in 1940s costumes lovely to see.
Written August 8, 2019
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royDorset
Yeovil, UK86 contributions
Adds value to the visit
Jul 2019 • Couples
The museum offers an insight to the whole business of canals. The canal outside the museum sets the context. A boat trip up the canal and watching the lock being operated by experts and novices is entertaining. The cafe serves simple food at good prices. A good day out
Written July 28, 2019
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your day at Stoke Bruerne.
Written July 29, 2019
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