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.
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
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.
Chances are you'll see some narrowboats, and if you're in luck one may go through the lock!
Pub with food overlooking canal
Canal side pub
Cafe in museum
For a trip into the tunnel and back again
There are tables outside the museum and along the towpath by the ponds.
You can buy the audio trail from our museum
You may see:
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.