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National Waterways Museum, Stoke Bruerne

National Waterways Museum

Stoke Bruerne
NN12 7SE
Tel: +44(0)1604 862229
Fax: +44(0)1604 864199
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Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum based on the Grand Union Canal.

Housed in a restored cornmill in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, the museum collection vividly portrays the heritage of 200 years of inland waterways.

This fascinating and colourful insight into a transport system, fundamental to the industrial revolution in Britain is complemented by the "living canal" outside with its flight of locks, boats and Blisworth Tunnel.

Explore the mysteries of this intriguing part of our heritage through working models, videos, pictorial and three dimensional displays portraying every aspect of the waterways. From amazing feats of engineering to the shining brass and colourful decoration that contrasts so sharply with the harsh reality of canal life, you will find something to interest all the family.

The Museum runs regular courses in such subjects as narrowboat decoration, and fendermaking and ropework. Course dates and details are available upon request.

Always full of interesting items, the Museum Shop stocks fine quality souvenirs, postcards, painted canalware and a wonderful selection of waterway gifts, guides and publications. In particular we offer the most comprehensive range of canal books in the country.

You can cruise along the Grand Union Canal in splendid tranquillity on one of the trip boats operating at Stoke Bruerne.

Stoke Bruerne offers two pleasant canalside walks. The short route to the Blisworth Tunnel is tarmac and suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, or follow the towpath down the flight of seven locks.

There are also 3 restaurants, a tea room and 2 pubs in the village. The village is a beautiful example of a traditional canal village, built mainly from the honey coloured local stone. One of the pair of locks is no longer operational but now contains a boat weighing machine complete with narrowboat.

Stoke Bruerne is south of Northampton, 10 minutes from both the M1 (Junction 15) and the A5. It is on the Grand Union Canal just south of Blisworth Tunnel.

National Waterways Museum, Stoke Bruerne

Historic House, Restaurant, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Children, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available, Dogs on lead allowed in Gardens,

Opening Times
Easter - October: 10am - 5pm daily
November - Easter: Mon – Tues CLOSED, Wed – Fri 11 am – 3pm, Week-Ends 10.30 – 4.30pm

The museum is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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