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image for Museum - Transport item typeThe Canal Museum at Foxton Locks

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Canal Museum @ the Boilerhouse

Canal Museum @ the Boilerhouse

Looking across the Locks to the museum


Gumley Road,
Market Harborough,
LE16 7RA


The Canal Museum building was home to the boiler and mechanical workings that powered the Caissons (barge containers) up and down the Inclined Plane, and now after extensive refurbishment, it shows not only how it all worked, but also brings to life what it was like to live and work on the canals and locks of the Victorian waterways.

Containing many fascinating exhibits of the time, the Canal Museum demonstrates how tough it was to make a living showing how families survived the harsh conditions of 19th century canal life.

The Canal Museum does much more than simply display these original artefacts, it allows you to interact with them. The centrepiece being an interactive game where the whole family can stoke the boiler to create the right conditions for the Inclined Plane to successfully operate. When you achieve the exact boiler conditions, the loaded barges make their journey up and down the Inclined Plane, all in real time. Progress is visible on large projection screens where the Inclined Plane can be seen operating in a fully recreated virtual reality world. Hearing the sounds of the boiler coming up to temperature, with dials to monitor, and the Caissons moving, this becomes a completely immersive experience.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

10am - 4pm Monday - Friday
11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
Last entry into museum 3.45pm

11am - 4pm weekends only


Admission to The Canal Museum: Adults £3, children under 16 Free with paying adult

The Locks site is open and free to visit at all times. If you visit by car there is a small parking charge, £2.00 all day in the long stay or £2.50 for 4 hours in the short stay.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted


See location of Foxton Locks on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SP 691895  Lat: 52.49975 Long: -0.98263

Follow the brown signs from the A6-B6047 roundabout near Market Harborough. From junction 20 of M1, follow A4304 to Lubenham and turn left at brown sign.

Bus services: 44, RR2 (Rural Rider).

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 6.4 km from Market Harborough station