Planning your visit
Address: The Wharf, Braunston, Daventry, NN11 7JQ View on Google map
Opening Times: The towpath is open daily and our welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, though this may change.
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
The canal at Braunston, where the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal meet, is the busiest anywhere on the British canal network. Despite its splendid rural setting, there is a wealth of hidden delights both at Braunston Marina and at the pretty village of Braunston two minutes away on the hill above the junction.For instance, look out for the 'Stop House' - the old building that was used to collect tolls from passing freight boats.
Either way, it's a great place to spot narrowboats and stretch your legs!
The Stop House is now home to our welcome station at Braunston - a place to stop for a chat with our friendly volunteers and pick up some information about the local area. The welcome station is usually open on Fridays between 10.00am - 4.00pm, though this may change.
- Walking and dog walking - follow the towpath down to the locks and onto Braunston tunnel entrance
- Fishing - from Braunston junction up to Braunston tunnel
Places to eat:
- The Boat House
- Gongoozlers - this cosy café boat outside the Stop House sells drinks and sandwiches
- The Admiral Nelson
Bring a picnic, there are tables outside the Stop House and a lovely garden area
As with all canals, there's all sorts of water birds you may see. There's also a regular community of ducks and swans in the marina - just feed them something healthy.
By car - car parking is available at our Braunston office and there's limited parking locally
By train - there isn't a train station here. Long Buckby is a 20 min taxi ride or Rugby station is 30 min ride away
By boat - visitor moorings are available as well as permanent moorings