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The Canal Museum

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Address: Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, England
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+44 1604 862229
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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 open 10am - 17.00pm seven days a week.

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£4.50 each allows you access to the two rooms of the museum and an audio walking tour of the canal. We didn't take advantage of the audio tour, but the museum itself was good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AndyIbbs
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I often walk along the canal and when I do I always drop in to the café and the shop. The staff are all very nice and helpful. The museum continues to be very interesting. The shop has a wide range of things at very reasonable prices. Many of the things are related to the canal itself - books, pictures,... More 

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

It's great you've had the opportunity to enjoy a cuppa in the Waterside café on more than one occasion. Thank you for your complimentary comments about the museum, gift shop and the team - they have lots of local knowledge and enjoy welcoming customers with a cheery greeting and smile. Hope you continue to enjoy your walks along the canal... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

£4.50 each allows you access to the two rooms of the museum and an audio walking tour of the canal. We didn't take advantage of the audio tour, but the museum itself was good: standard fare as museums go - lots of picture board to read and artefacts to look at - and probably £4.50 was a bit much just... More 

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

Great you discovered new and interesting snippets about the folks who lived and worked the canals in the past, and fabulous they are still operational for us all to enjoy today. Glad your holiday was a success. More 

Upminster, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent pleasant couple of hours walking the Canal and mouching round the museum which was well presented and very informative. Café was ideal for a relaxing coffee. All in all a different tourist attraction which wasn't overly commercialised.

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Thank Grant S
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Glad you liked Stoke Bruerne , and this lovely stretch of the Grand Union Canal through the village. Good to hear you got to enjoy the museum and its surroundings. More 

Elstow, Bedford
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9 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good day out for ...well almost everyone. However, the main car park is not well signposted from the village, drive up the road with a Dead End sign. The car park machine will only accept coins, this is not made clear any publicity so be aware of this. I saw a few cars drive in then realise they needed... More 

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Thank Jon M
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment on carpark signage, we'll review the practicalities of improving this. There is a small improvement with the carpark machine, although it only accepts coin payment it does now take both the old and new £1 coin. More 

Buckingham, United Kingdom
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576 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a visit to this very pleasant canal place and great walk up to the tunnel, stopped for a cuppa and snack, very good selection of home made cakes and snacks at very reasonable prices. A nice experience.

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

Glad your experience of Stoke Bruerne was nice. If you fancy another walk to the portal of Blisworth tunnel, the Blacksmith and Stained Glass Window craftsmen will be working out of their workshops, now we are into the summer seasons opening hours. It's a good excuse to come back for a cuppa and another slice of delicious cake! More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is a small place set on two floors with very interesting exhibits of the water ways and canals, they even have the front end of a barge to look at, there is also an area for children to sit and draw/colour and some costumes they could dress up in, to look like old men and women of the... More 

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Thank martin b
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

Good to hear you enjoyed the facilities at Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum. We hope you get the opportunity to visit again. More 

Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

A charming small museum alongside the Grand Union Canal. Tells the history and gives an insight to the lives of the boat people. Lovely ajoining cafe, clean toilets, friendly welcome.

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

Thank you for your review. Although on a completely different scale, the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester, both give a different insight into our waterways history if you are ever their way. Delighted you enjoyed your visit to Stoke Bruerne. More 

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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 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
CanalMuseumTeam, Manager at The Canal Museum, responded to this review

A walk in the fresh air, a piece of history and a little retail therapy.......pleased we brightened your cold and damp Saturday :-) More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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

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