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: The canal museum, gift shop & café is closed from Friday 20 March for the protection of our visitors and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

We are delighted the waterside café at Stoke Bruerne has reopened three days a week but we do look a little different.

In England, visitors must wear a face covering by law, in all museum and attraction buildings. Visitors will be expected to wear a face-covering immediately before entering all buildings and must keep it on until they leave. Signage will be placed at all site entrances and exits (if different). Please refer to the government website for full details.

Currently the museum remains closed

The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne

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

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

Cafe open from Saturday 1 August 2020, 11am-3pm

Cafe open times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11am-3pm

Please read our FAQs before your visit.

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 cafe 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...