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The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne

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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Excellent museum & tea shop, plus many opportunities to walk along the canal towpath in either direction.  more »
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  • Good day out. A couple of pubs that serve food, a cafe and an Indian restaurant. Fascinating information about the canals and nice walks along the towpath and woods. Canal boat trips available
  • I visited on a weekday in August 2016. The area around the museum has plenty of places to go to including two pubs, an Indian restaurant, a gift and party shop and the museums own café. The car park is a good size and is a pay and display type. Toilet facilities are at the back of the museum facing the car park, and they were in good order. The museum itself is behind the café in an old mill building. The ground floor is the reception and the usual gift shop. The museum is situated on the first and second floors of the building, each up a flight of stairs. The first floor contains a lot of interesting information on how canals, came in to being, why, where, who built them and how they developed. There are also display cases containing models of the various types of barges and also a varied collection of artefacts, clothing and artwork relating to life on the canals. The top floor contains a number of larger exhibits and also a large collection of tools used in the making of barges and their daily maintenance. There is also an interesting section on the Blisworth Tunnel that is worth reading about. Both the upper floors have open windows that provide a good photo opportunity over the canal below. Not having a keen interest in canals I still found this an interesting place from a historical point of view. In my opinion it's more suitable for adults to visit, but outside there are plenty of barges running for children to see, and a play area just nearby.
  • Nice little museum on 2 floors with a cafeteria overlooking the grand union canal museum gives you the history of the canal , small but interesting
  • Great to see lots of old maps and parts. Gives you a good understanding of how the canals were used in the days gone by. Lots of pictures to show how the horses were used and all the different boats. Nice little cafe and there is also a pub serving food. Lots of canal boats going though the locks and most of them will let the children push open the lock for them. My son enjoyed that.
  • I have visited both from the canal and driven up. The museum and other activities is a lovely half day spent in this small village. Have a meal at the pub opposite, wander round the canal museum and watch the boats going up and down the lock. Take a trip on a canal boat. Don't rush it.