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Peterborough Lift Lock, Peterborough

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Marvel at the wonders of physics and early 20th century technology when visiting Peterborough Lift Lock. This particular lock is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world at a height of 19.8 m (65 ft), almost 60 feet higher than other conventional locks of the time. It functions purely by gravity, with one caisson acting as a counterweight for the other. Visit the information center which offers interactive simulations and historical exhibits about the lock’s construction. Take a lunch or dinner cruise along the waterway on a riverboat, where you can experience the ascent and descent for yourself. A visit to Peterborough Lift Lock represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Peterborough vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • If you are every passing through Peterborough you should pay the liftlock a visit. In the Summer you can take a cruise over the locks. In the winter weather permitting can skate under the locks.  more »
  • Sit and watch the boats go up and down the lift lock, you can fish or just enjoy the views wave at the passing boats.  more »
  • Anyone visiting this vicinity should most certainly take in a boat ride over the highest hydraulic Lift Lock in the world. An amazing experience, the views outstanding & beautiful. Don't miss it.  more »
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  • It was beautiful when we visited. We had perfect timing to see how the lift works and the staff were very friendly to inform us and teach us about the lift.
  • One of my favourite places to visit in Peterborough. There are several picnic areas on the west side of the canal and a small free museum. Definitely have to go through the Lift Locks on a boat if you have the opportunity.
  • Super cool engineering feat, the lift lock is one of only a couple in the world.
  • A great historical trip down the lock
  • The Lift Lock is an incredible and beautiful piece of engineering. In my opinion, it is most beautiful in the Autumn!