Foxton Locks

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Address: Foxton Locks Top Lock Cottage, Gumley Road, Foxton, LE16 7RA. View on Google map

Opening Times: 28th March 22-2nd August 22 - Open 8am, Last Boat 6:15pm, Close 7pm 3rd August 22 onwards - Open 10am, Last Boat 3:15pm, Close 4:00pm

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: There are public toilets in both car parks at the top and bottom of the locks

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For a fascinating family day out in Leicestershire, head to our iconic Foxton Locks. The Grade II* listed site is home to the longest, steepest staircase flight of locks in Britain and sits in 34 acres of natural green spaces with a wide variety of wildlife. 

Also located at the site are two pubs, two cafés, a museum and the chance to hire a day boat.

Each year over 400,000 visitors experience the rich heritage of the site, which also includes the remains of the unique Inclined Boat Lift which is listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

There are flights of locks all over our network – but not like Foxton. It's home to two amazing feats of engineering in the heart of Leicestershire, on the Grand Union Canal. As well as the longest and steepest staircase locks in the UK, the site is home to the remains of the inclined plane, a magnificent, if slightly weird, piece of Victorian engineering.

But that's not the only reason over 4,000 boats pass through Foxton Locks each year, making it one of the most visited places on our canals. We recommend you take some time out to watch boats travel up or down the locks, or take a boat trip yourself, before relaxing at the pubs and picnic spots. 

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Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

  • There are benches by the top car park and lots of nice grassy areas for a picnic

Walks and trails:

  • Audio Trail - there are several speaker points around the locks telling stories from the 'cut'

Wildlife spotting:

This is a rural spot and you could spot just about anything from regional hedge laying crafts to the nest and bat boxes we've put up. There area is famous for it's pond dipping. But you'll definitely want to meet the resident tame robin. And look out for herons, swans, swallows and if you're lucky, kingfishers too.

Getting here

By car - SAT NAV: LE16 7RA

  • long stay car park fee will increase to £3.
  • short stay car park fee will increase to £3.50 for a 4 hour visit.
  • disabled parking - there are spaces in the short stay car park and on the access road to the Canal Museum at the Boilerhouse

Over night parking is not permitted in either car park.

By train - Market Harborough is the nearest station with trains from Leicester or St Pancras

By busroute 44, RR2 (Rural Rider) from Market Harborough station. The bus brings you to the top of Foxton village, from there follow bridle way to the locks

By boat - take a look at our boaters' infomation page, including lock opening times and visitor moorings

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