Stoke Bruerne

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Address: The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, NN12 7SE View on Google map

Opening Times: The canal museum, gift shop & café is currently closed. The canal side towpath is open - wrap up warm - come along and enjoy being by the water.

Price: The Canal Museum: Adults - £4.75, Child (6-15) - £3.10, Under 5s – free, Concessions*- £3.80

Toilets: Toilets available during opening hours

Explorers at Stoke Bruerne

Get involved with our museums and attractions

The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne is currently closed

Following the Government’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of a national lockdown in England all boating should be limited to essential use only. Our towpaths remain open for local use but please follow Government guidance, staying local, observing social distancing at all times and avoiding sections with moored boats where possible. You can find out more in our coronavirus and boating FAQs.

The Canal Museum is currently closed for refurbishment. We're looking forward to welcoming you back in the spring of 2021.

Although our museum, café & gift shop are closed for now, it's a beautiful place for exploring the outdoors, with historic locks and a woodland walk.

Please note car parking charges will apply but admission to the site is free.

Things to do and see in Northamptonshire

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

As well as tables outside the museum, you'll find several down the towpath by the pounds (ponds)

Walks and trails:

  • Audio trail - you can get the audio trail from our museum
  • Woodland walk - entrance to the walk along the towpath towards Blisworth Tunnel

Wildlife spotting:

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. And did we mention pond dipping? Find our how with our nature spotter's guide.

Getting here

By car - follow the brown signs from the A508. We've a small pay and display car park:

  • fee £2.50 for up to 4 hours
  • special parking charges may apply on event days
  • disabled parking - there is a disabled bay between the canal bridge and bus stop on Bridge Road

By rail - Northampton and Milton Keynes are the nearest train stations

By bus - there are new bus routes that will bring you to Stoke Bruerne from Northampton and Milton Keynes

By bike - we’re a very bicycle-friendly here (just remember to share the space of course). You'll find dedicated bicycle parking, free water refills in our café and puncture repair kits in our shop (we hope you won't need to buy one though!)  

By boat - see 'Boating through Stoke Bruerne' for mooring maps, services and other useful details

Local news & events

There's events for everyone at the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. From our very popular Village at War event - the highlight of our year - to floating markets, workshops and themed weekends, and lots more...