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.
Victoria Kisioglu and her team run the Canal Trust Cafe in a beautiful old canal cottage with an award winning garden.
Keith and Margaret have a beautiful cafe and shop located in our historic bonded warehouse alongside the K&A museum. Wide ranging menu from snacks to Sunday roasts and pre-theatre dinner.
The Engineman’s Rest at Crofton Beam Engines is run by Sarah and Luke Bibby who provide delicious eats including their famous sausage rolls. They locally source as many products as they can with home-cooked fayre. They are about to launch their new range of cakes from “deliciously rich by Alana”, last year’s apprentice winner. A warm welcome awaits you.
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.
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.
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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 Trust offices and the tea rooms.
. . . still doing its orginal 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.
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.
Click here for details of trips on our 4 great passenger boats