We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Foxton Locks

See the remains of the historic Inclined Plane - once a spectacular chair lift for boats! Sneak a peek at the colourful boats, climb the UK's longest staircase flight, take a boat trip, or just sit back and relax at the pubs, café or picnic spots. Plus, using the latest digital technology, you can use your smart phone or tablet to experience this lost icon in a remarkable new way. Go to the our main Foxton Locks webpages for everything you need for a great day out.

General information

Address: Bottom Lock, Gumley Rd, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA

Visit time: 3hrs - 4hrs

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

Parking: There is a pay & display for 200 cars at the bottom of the locks and a long stay car park at the top of the locks. Neither car park is open overnight. For further information on car parking and prices please visit main museums & attractions section.

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

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Pond dipping


The BoilerHouse Museum run by our neighbours, the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust (FIPT), has models, interactive displays, and a wide range of waterway artefacts, which tell the story of the boat lift, the locks, the waterways and the people who lived on the canals. 

There is a pay and display for 200 cars at the bottom of the locks and a long stay car park at the top of the locks. For more information about things to do, events, the history, where to eat and car parking at Foxton Locks please visit our featured destination Foxton Locks webpages.

Spot a boat

You'll see narrowboats galore, watch as our volunteer lock keepers help them navigate the locks!


Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are benches by the top car park - Gumley Road (long stay), lots of nice grassy areas for a picnic


  • Audio Trail

    There are several speaker points around the locks telling stories from the 'cut'


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Swallows
  • Dipping ponds

Find a patch of grass and lie back and watch the birds or feed the fish in the side ponds. If you can get to the top car park you'll see some regional style hedge laying. There are also some nesting boxes in the trees as well as bat boxes