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Peterborough Lift Lock, Peterborough

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Historic Site Landmark
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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  • This is the highest lift locks in the world (or something like that) it's a lot of fun to take a cruise way up and way back down as well a hearing about the local community.  more »
  • Impossible to come to Peterborough without visit and watch the lift lock and his Museum! A boat trip offers you a different perspective.
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  • It was awesome we had a great time on the cruise. If you are allertic to sorten kinds of food they will provide food that you can eat.  more »
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  • The Liftlock, combined with the new visitors centre and nearby Peterborough Museum and Archives is becoming a nice day trip. Not a lot for kids but they're trying. Nice picnic area but not a lot of shade. There's a park on the hilltop with best view in the city.
  • Annual lock'n'paddle at the Peterborough liftlock. 328 canoes and kayaks in both tubs.
  • Amazing feat of engineering. Was a pleasure to see. The visitor's centre is clean and well-run and the staff are very informed and helpful.
  • It has a great view. It's the biggest lift lock in the world
  • One of the best weekend getaway place.

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