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Canal, £2.75


Louise Stockwin

01604 862229


The Canal Museum,
Stoke Bruerne,
nr Towcaster,
NN12 7SE


Follow the story of Britain's canals from the great engineers and navvies who created them, to the boat families, leggers and lock keepers who lived and worked on them. You'll find models of working boats, traditional clothing , canal crafts, a re-creation of a boat builder's workshop, beautiful old signs and more.

Stoke Bruerne holds example of painted ware and other canal rafts, canal-side signs, traditional clothing, and specialist tools. Many of the objects in our collection are designated of national importance. There is a fine collection of models of working boats including barges, narrow boats, tugs and butties. Models include one of a short-lived inclined lift at nearby Foxton, and another of the remarkable Claverton Pumping Station. Outside the museum on the canal you can see narrowboat 'Sculptor', a craft which is one of the thousands or so listed on the UK's National Historic Boat Register.

There are two fascinating films to watch - early footage of working boats on the Grand Union Canal and a nostalgic 1970's film with a commentary by Jonny Morris.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Summer Season
April to October
Open daily, 10am to 5pm

Winter Season
November to March
Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 3pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm


Adult £4.75
Concession** £3.80
Child (5-16) £2.75
Under 5s free
Family Tickets £12.00 (two adults and up to three children)
Groups discounts for parties of 10+


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups



See location of The Canal Museum Stoke Bruerne on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SP 744499  Lat: 52.14239 Long: -0.91421

By road
South of Northampton. 10 minutes from the M1 (J15) and the A5. Brown signs from the A508.

By rail and bus
The nearest train stations are Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Car parking
Pay and display car parking is available next to the Museum.

Parking: with charge