Enjoy a day out at Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

Spend a day at Foxton and watch the narrowboats working their way through the locks.  Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Leicestershire's countryside. 

Foxton Locks is the largest flight of staircase locks on the English canal system with two 'staircases' of five locks.  They are located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal 5 km west of Market Harborough close to the nearby village of Foxton.

Visit the museum to learn more about the locks and how they were built and see local canalware on show.  There are miles of canal towpaths to walk along and there is a tearoom and a choice of local pubs serving food. 

Alongside the locks is the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane, built in 1900 as a solution to operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight.  It was not a commercial success and remained in full-time operation for only ten years. It was dismantled in 1928, but visitors can clearly see where it was sited and the museum has exhibits showing how it worked.

Foxton Locks is close to Market Harborough in the south of the county and the town is well worth a visit for shopping and eating and drinking.


Visit the Museum

For opening times of the museum click hereDetails of opening times and admission charges

Stay for Refreshments

See details of where to eat and drink at FoxtonA list of places to eat and drink at Foxton Locks

Where is Foxton?

See a map of the local areaSee a map of Foxton and the local area

Stay Overnight

Book local accommodation

See and book local accommodation for your short break


More Places to Visit

Places to Visit in Harborough

See more things to do around Foxton Locks and Market Harborough.



Foxton Locks

See details of forthcoming events taking place at Foxton and the Harborough area.

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