The main village of Braunston is situated on a hill above the road and the canals, and the village formerly had a Windmill, the building of which still stands but without any sails.
Braunston's main claim to fame is its canal junction between the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal. In former times, when the canal network was an important part of the national transport system, Braunston was a very important junction. The churchyard in the village has many graves of boatmen and woman.
The canals are no longer used for carrying freight, and are today used mostly by pleasure boats. Braunston has a Marina filled with these pleasure boats which is usually quite busy.