Experience Stoke Bruerne – The Traditional Canal Village

See for yourself what Stoke Bruerne has to offer…

Stoke Bruerne is accessible from two directions by road. Take a left at Rookery Lane off the A508 to get the quickest route to the village.

A longer, but more scenic, drive can be taken by following the northbound A5 and taking a right turn at Heathencote. From there you can drive through the Main Road which will take you through Shutlanger and on to Stoke Bruerne. To experience Stoke Bruerne as it was traditionally visited in times of yore, you will need to hire a canal boat from one of the many companies operating out of the local area.

To fully appreciate the majesty of the canals of England, you should hire out a boat for at least 3 or 4 days. Ideally, you’ll have a week to spare so that you can take your time moving from village to village, mooring when you please, with time for a small break in Stoke Bruerne of course.

It’s worth scheduling a whole day and night in Stoke Bruerne, should you wish to take advantage of all there is to see and do there. No visit to our village would be complete without a visit to one of our traditional pubs which – like the rest of the village – date back over two centuries. Moor your canal boat up next to either one of our fantastic historic pubs to get a glimpse into what life might have been like for folks travelling on the canals in the 19th Century.

The Boat Inn, the oldest of the two public houses, has been established since 1807. Run by the Woodward family, they hold the unofficial record for the longest running family pub with their name having been kept on the license for over 130 years. Like many of the historic pubs in the UK, The Boat Inn has managed to survive this long on the back of fine hospitality skills, well-sourced ales and a loyal group of drinkers from close and far away.

On the opposite side of the river lies The Navigation Inn, built just 15 years later, it’s been providing some healthy competition with the pub on the other side of the water ever since.

Now owned by venerable brewer and publicans, Marston’s, the pub might feel a little modern in comparison to the Boat Inn across the way, but it’s still a great option for anyone looking to have a nice pint and watch the world go by.

Regardless of if you have an interest in Canal Boats or not, there’s something for everyone at the National Waterways Museum, which you can access half of for absolutely nothing.
Their delightful collection brings together canal-boat related items, clothing and tools – making this a truly cultural experience. The canal and the traffic it brought through Stoke Bruerne was crucial to keeping the village’s economy afloat throughout the rise and fall of Britain. The Museum presents a perfect opportunity for visitors to the village to gain an understanding of how our society used to function.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a real life blacksmith or how a horseshoe is made?

Well you can get all of these answers right from the horse’s mouth or, more appropriately, the Blacksmith’s mouth. Bob Nightingale has been operating as a blacksmith out of his own traditional workshop since 1990 and has since become a fixture of the local community. His workshop is open most days and he’s always happy to welcome in curious visitors.

Just a walk outside of the village you’ll find Rookery Open Farm, a peaceful haven of farmyard animals with the added bonus of a purpose built indoor play ground. With a massive variety of animals, from water-fowl to pigmy goats and even alpacas, families can easily spend a good few hours at this traditional countryside tourist attraction. Just remember to bring cash along with you as they don’t accept any form of card!

Whatever the weather, you can be sure to enjoy yourself here at Stoke Bruerne.

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