The Canal Museum cafe and gift shop

We're following government guidelines and are making some changes to make sure that everyone who visits, works and volunteers in and around our museums and attractions can safely enjoy their day.

We are delighted to be reopening the café at Stoke Bruerne but we will look a little different for a while. 

We will be offering a takeaway service of hot/cold drinks, ice-creams and pre-packed snacks and treats perfect for your picnic or walk whilst exploring the outdoors. 

Although our shop is closed you will still have the chance to pick up a gift or souvenir from a more limited range.

Opening Saturday 1 August 2020, 11am-3pm

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11am-3pm

Please read our FAQs before your visit to the Museum.

Can I have an ice cream?

Canal Museum shop Canal Museum shop

Yes, the Canal Museum shop is the place to head for a tasty ice cream.

Who doesn’t love a little shop? Packed with gifts and souvenirs, from pocket money treats to stunning painted canal ware, remember to pop to our museum shop.

You will also find one of the best collections of specialist canal books in the country, along with guides and maps.

Working Waterways books, £8.99 each
The museum is also the place to head for the complete Working Waterways series - books that explore iconic subjects such as the Anderton Boat Lift and the Idle Women as well as the daily joys, trials and tribulations of life on the waterways:

  • Maiden's Trip, Emma Smith
  • Troubled Waters, Margaret Cornish
  • Bread upon the Waters, David Blagrove
  • Idle Women, Susan Woolfitt
  • Amateur Boat Women, Eily Gayford
  • Anderton for Orders, Tom Foxon
  • Quiet Waters By, David Blagrove
  • Hold on a Minute, Tom Wilkinson

To buy, call us on 01604 862229 or email Postal charges apply.

Waterside Cafe at the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne

A family enjoying sandwiches in the cafeBut if you’re after something hot or looking for a cuppa, cold drinks, sweets, sandwiches and cake, we’d point you in the direction of our Waterside Café.

Picnic places

There are loads of lovely grassy areas outside that are ideal for a picnic, and there are plenty of benches too.

Stoke Bruerne - Picnic Area

Last date edited: 27 July 2020