Planning your visit
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 are now open. Summer Season Opening Hours: Open daily, Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00.
Price: It's free to visit our site. Please note car parking charges will apply
Toilets: Toilets available during opening hours.
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Housed on two floors of a historic corn mill, the country’s first canal museum at Stoke Bruerne provides an overview of the history of Britain's canals. It offers a fascinating insight into the rich waterway heritage of Stoke Bruerne and the Grand Union Canal and the people that lived and worked on them.
Summer Season Opening Hours: Open daily, Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00.
The Café and Gift Shop are now open serving locally sourced produce and unique canal inspired gifts.
Please note car parking charges will apply but admission to the site is free.
- Canal Museum - Come and discover the story of Britain's canals and the people who lived and worked on them. Find out about the engineering feats, the challenges and how canals fuelled the industrial revolution.
- Sculptor - spot our historic boat moored up outside the museum.
- Blisworth Tunnel - stroll up the towpath to see the resident blacksmith.
- Woodland walk - you'll find the entrance along the towpath, towards the Blisworth Tunnel.
- Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits Nature Reserve - walk south along the towpath and you'll find a grassland reserve.
- Boat trips - run by the Stoke Bruerne Boat Co. and The Boat Inn.
- Dog walking
- Pond dipping
- Fishing - fish beyond the locks, as there's lots of boating traffic between Stoke Bruerne and Blisworth Tunnel.
Places to eat:
As well as tables outside the museum, you'll find several down the towpath by the pounds (ponds).
- The Stoke Bruerne Boat Co. (mostly in the summer)
- The Boat Inn run narrowboat 'Indian Chief' boat trip
Walks and trails:
- Audio trail - you can get the audio trail from our museum.
- Woodland walk - with interpretation panels and woodland statues. You'll find the entrance along the towpath, towards the Blisworth Tunnel.
- Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits Nature Reserve - walk south along the towpath and you'll find a peaceful haven for wildlife.
Look out for swans, herons, ducks, coots and more, but remember not to feed the ducks bread! Download our duck activity guide to find out more. Spot butterflies on our woodland walk or warblers at the nearby Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits Nature Reserve. And did we mention pond dipping?
Find out how with our nature spotter's guide.
By car - follow the brown signs from the A508. We've a small pay and display car park:
- fee £3.00 for up to four hours
- special parking charges may apply on event days
- disabled parking – There are two disabled bays in the main car park alternatively there is a disabled bay between the canal bridge and bus stop on Bridge Road
- 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...