Braunston village set on the Northamptonshire Warwickshire borders at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals – and is well known as a Canal Centre. The village is well situated for access to main communications with junction 18 of the M1 7 miles distant (with easy access on to the M6/A14) the M40 18 miles. Rugby station to the North (8 miles) has a direct line to London, Euston (59 mins). Birmingham International Airport is 27 miles.
In the village there are a selection of shops including a general stores/post office and a butchers together with four public houses a junior school and the impressive Church which stands adjacent to The Mill. The village is well situated for appreciation of the local countryside with walking being available via footpaths and indeed the canal tow path.
The main village of Braunston is situated on a hill above the road and the canals, and formerly had a windmill, the building of which still stands but without any sails.
The village contains several pubs (The Boathouse, The Admiral Nelson, The Plough, and The Wheatsheaf), a selection of shops, a fish and chip shop, and a primary school. There is also a hotel called the Braunston Manor Hotel.
Braunston's main claim to fame is its canal junction between the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal, which was once an important part of the national transport system. Many former boating families have links to Braunston, the churchyard in the village having many graves of boatmen and women.
The unique triangular junction between the two canals has two bridges made at Horseley Ironworks carrying the towpath over the canal. This was not the original meeting point of the Grand Junction and Oxford Canals: the junction was moved in the course of improvements to the Oxford Canal in the 1830s, prior to which the junction was near where the marina is today, and where a third Horseley Ironworks bridge can be seen.
The canals are no longer used for carrying freight, but are now used mostly by pleasure boats. From the marina, six locks carry the Grand Union Canal up to Braunston Tunnel, some 2,049 yards (1,874 m) long.
Despite its small size, Braunston was once served by two railway stations, both now closed. The first, on the former LNWR Weedon to Leamington Spa branch line, via Daventry, was located near the marina and closed in September 1958.