We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is an idyllic picture of passing boats and local wildlife. It’s a relaxing and lovely place for a day out.

A family eating ice cream by the canal Eating ice cream at Stoke Bruerne

There are loads of different things to do – boat trips and walks, bird watching and fun for kids at Rookery farm.

A historic village

In and around Stoke Bruerne you’ll find the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, a weighing machine, winding hole and traditional canal pubs – all the features of a living canal village.

Nearly all the homes and buildings in the village have been here 200 years or more. Little has changed since the heyday of Britain's canals, between the early and mid-1800s.

The two village pubs have a long heritage, with The Boat Inn having been established in 1807, and the Navigation Inn in 1822. Both were built to support the new trade bought by the canal.

Stoke Bruerne is set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire. Set off in any direction and you'll find unspoilt countryside, tranquil lanes, pretty villages and wild flowers and birds to watch and enjoy.

Top tips

Your museum visit will take from one to two hours. Here are some other good things you can do nearby:

  • Take a boat trip on the Grand Union Canal
  • Enjoy a tranquil walk along the canal tow path
  • Head for Rookery Open Farm with its popular outdoor play area, miniature ponies and more
  • Hunt for dragon flies or reed warblers in Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits
  • Relax with lunch or a pint at the Boat Inn or The Navigation
  • Enjoy a tasty curry at the Spice of Bruerne
  • Visit your local blacksmith, Bob Nightingale at the opening to Blisworth Tunnel. Learn more about being a blacksmith, Bob's restoration work, and becoming an apprentice. Free entry. For more information call 01604 859726

 We look forward to welcoming you to Stoke Bruerne soon.

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Last date edited: 11 August 2015