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Stoke Bruerne

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is an idyllic picture of passing boats and local wildlife. There are loads of things to do: visit the Canal Museum, boat trips, walks, bird watching and fun for kids at Rookery Farm. Around Stoke Bruerne you'll find the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, winding hole and traditional canal pubs - all the features of a living canal village. Most of the buildings have been here over 200 years. Little has changed since the heyday of Britain's canals.


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General information

Address: The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne, nr Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE

Visit time: 2hrs - 3hrs

Price: For prices see our Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne pages

Accessibility: There are ramps from the car part to the towpath and the disabled toilets

Parking: A small pay and display car park next to the museum

Toilets: Both in the museum and for customers of the local pub/café

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Pond dipping
  • Woodland walking


Our Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne, is a wonderful place to find out more about the history of the canals. It's a treasure trove of stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.

Rookery Farm is also nearby, a lovely place to get close to the farm animals.

And Stoke Bruerne villages has loads of places to eat too.

Just a short stroll along the towpath takes you to the mouth of Blisworth Tunnel where boaters used to 'leg' their boats through the narrow passage.

Spot a boat

Chances are you'll see some narrowboats, and if you're in luck one may go through the lock!


Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are tables outside the museum and along the towpath by the ponds.


  • Audio trail

    You can buy the audio trail from our museum


You may see:

  • Ducks
  • Dragon flies
  • Moorhens

There are lots of ducks here for the kids to feed (although, remember not to feed them bread!) And there's also a wonderful woodland walk nearby with interpretation panels and woodland statues along the path.