As part of our work to Protect, Enhance and Promote the Kennet & Avon Canal, we provide a number of attractions and visitor facilities to help you enjoy a visit to this beautiful canal.
After a slow walk along the towpath, you might be ready for some refreshment. We work in partnership with professional caterers in 4 locations to make sure you can be sure of great quality food and drinks whenever you visit.
- Bradford on Avon Canal Trust Cafe
Victoria Kisioglu and her team run the Canal Trust Cafe in a beautiful old canal cottage with an award winning garden.
- Kingfisher Cafe, Devizes Wharf
Kingfisher Café, run by Victoria Harvey and her team, is located in our historic bonded warehouse alongside the K&A museum.
- The Engineman’s Rest Cafe at Crofton
The Engineman’s Rest at Crofton Beam Engines will be following the same opening hours as Crofton Beam Engines for the 2020 season.
- Tea Shop by the Canal
Ivana and Paul Barclay have been working their magic at the Stone Building on Newbury Wharf for more than 6 years. Quaint and cosy inside, and plenty of canalside seating outside, Newbury is a great place for breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee while you watch the canal go by.
- Aldermaston Tea Rooms
The only canalside cafe east of Newbury, Sam & Gary Huntley do a great job of keeping walkers and visitors supplied with great coffee and delicious lunches.
Learn about the K&A at:
- the K&A museum in Devizes
A fascinating collection of artefacts, displays and models that explain how the canal came to be built, why it fell into dereliction, and the amazing story of its restoration. Open most days. Entry by donation. Gift shop in the tea rooms.
- The World’s Oldest Steam Engine . . .
. . . still doing its original job in its original location. Learn how you can build a canal over a hill and why the canal was able to pass over the Savernake Forest at our wonderful icon of the industrial revolution at Crofton. See our special site for details.
- Newbury Canal Information Centre
Located upstairs at the Stone Building, the Canal Information Centre is dedicated to restoration pioneer, John Gould. There are information boards explaining the canal from past to present and other information material for visitors to peruse. The John Gould Room is open to the public daily from 10am to 4pm, unless there is a function taking place. Call the café on 01635 522609 to check before you travel.
- and of course, don’t forget to enjoy a boat trip
Click here for details of trips on our 5 great passenger boats.