Stoke Bruerne

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Planning your visit

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

Opening Times: Due to staff training the Canal Museum and Café will be opening at 11am on Tuesday 17 May. Open daily throughout the Spring season March – May 10am to 4pm Summer season June- September Weekdays 10am to 4pm and Weekends 10am to 5pm Planned maintenance and training closures Monday 28 March

Price: It's free to visit our site. Please note car parking charges will apply

Toilets: Toilets available during opening hours.

Explorers at Stoke Bruerne

Get involved with our museums and attractions

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.

Immerse yourself in the newly transformed café experience which is steeped in canal history and offers a seasonal menu using great local produce.

On the museum first floor is a family activity area offering panoramic views over the canal.

Don’t forget to browse the pre-loved book shop where you can purchase or donate.

Spring opening times

Due to staff training the Canal Museum and Café will be opening at 11am on Tuesday 17 May.

Open daily throughout the Spring season March – May 10am to 4pm

Summer season

June- September Weekdays 10am to 4pm and Weekends 10am to 5pm

 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.

Things to do and see at Stoke Bruerne

Places to eat:

Picnic spots:

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

Boat trips:

Walks and trails:

Wildlife spotting:

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.

Getting here

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