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Foxton Canal Museum

  • Market Harborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Railway and Transport Attractions, Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Foxton Canal Museum, run by theFoxton Inclined Plane Trust, is a fully accredited museum that occupies the boiler house of the Victorian Boat Lift at Foxton Locks. A great way to discover the story of the Locks, Lift, and associated waterways, especially as accompanied children can visit the museum free of charge! A super-secret schooling trip if you've a mind to make it that way!

Foxton Lock is the largest flight of staircase locks on the English canal system, with 10 narrow locks in all, forming 2 ‘staircases' of 5 locks along the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal, 5km west of Market Harborough.

Visit the museum to learn all about the locks, including how they were built and how they work as well as some interesting facts and figures. You will see working models of the lift, a ‘play' boat, plus numerous other interactive displays that the kids will love to get to grips with. There is also a wealth of interesting objects to inspect, and some great photos of the original boat lift for those doing a more scholastic inspection!

The museum has regularly changing temporary exhibitions, and takes part in the Foxton Locks Festival every June, so well worth planning around the changes and bonus activities especially for repeat visits.

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Opening hours


Sunday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00


Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 16:00


Adults: £4

Children: £1

Family (1 adult & up to 3 kids): £5

Family (2 adults & up to 4 kids): £9

Travel & Contact Information


Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA, England

Phone number

0116 2792 657



Click here to visit Foxton Canal Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Foxton Canal Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Foxton Canal Museum is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Foxton Canal Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Foxton Canal Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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