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The Canal Museum

Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, England
+44 1604 862229
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Family history trip

I am descended from one of the rectors at a historic church. The people in the museum were kind... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lawrenceville, GA
Small but perfectly formed.....

I like museums that you can get round in under an hour and still see everything. This was on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SE, England
+44 1604 862229
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am descended from one of the rectors at a historic church. The people in the museum were kind enough to give us directions. We returned for lunch in the cafe and to my pleasure, they had gluten free baked items. That is a rare...More

Thank semommy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like museums that you can get round in under an hour and still see everything. This was on the first and second floors, above the café and gift shop. Lots of info on how the canal systems were designed, built, used, then declined, and...More

Thank Andy-S60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Canal museum. There was lots of information about the canal boats and the way they were used to transport both goods and people on the canals in the past.

Thank 208Carol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small but, interesting museum on two floors with gift shop and cafe on the ground floor, good value for money, no disabled access to museum but, don't let that put you off as plenty of easy access around the lock basin, along the towpaths and...More

Thank 686gh
Reviewed 20 June 2017

This is a very small museum, housed in an old canal-side building on 3 floors, and you will need to be reasonably mobile to get up the stairs to the higher floors. However, the space is packed with virtually all the information you could want...More

Thank helenart2016
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I visited the shop and tea room at the museum. Shop well run with canal related stuff, totally what you would expect. Tea Room again what you would expect, very helpful staff, and good teas!! Good all round.

Thank JETAllen
Reviewed 4 June 2017

My wife and I stayed in one of the canalside cottages a few yards down from the museum. Thought the entry fee was ok but when we had been round the museum found it ok but not enthralling at all. The gift shop was the...More

Thank pfwilliams1943
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The museum tells the story of an age gone-by. When everything was a little slower and a little less congested. There is a good range of exhibits explaining the history, engineering and social aspects of life on the canal. All rather well done, in a...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This wonderful place is situated on the Grand Union Canal. The Museum gives a fascinating insight into the ingenious engineering skill that built the network of canals that enabled cargo to be transported around the country. The exhibit is small but well presented. There is...More

Thank r00byl0u
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The canal museum was very interesting, although awkwardly situated above a gift shop (there are many stairs). The exhibits are well laid out and there is plenty to read. Was a bit surprised to find it largley unmanned (we had to fish someone out of...More

Thank Andy G
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30 April 2017|
Response from Stephanie F | Property representative |
Good Afternoon. The parking is £3.00 for all day.
4 April 2016|
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Response from CanalMuseumTeam | Property representative |
The museum, gift shop and café are now open from 10am seven days a week. Bring some sunshine from down under and we look forward to welcoming you in August. Best Regards and safe journey, From The Canal Museum Team