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The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks, Foxton

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Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton.They form the northern terminus of a 20-mile summit level that passes Husbands Bosworth, Crick and ends with the Watford flightStaircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, and consist of a group of locks where each lock opens directly into the next, that is, where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. Foxton Locks are the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system.The Grade II* listed locks are a popular tourist attraction and the county council has created a country park at the top. At the bottom, where the junction with the arm to Market Harborough is located, there are two public houses, a shop, trip boat and other facilities. The area is popular with gongoozlers.Alongside the locks is the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane, an inclined plane built in 1900 as a solution to various operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight. It was not a commercial success and remained in full-time operation for only ten years. It was dismantled in 1926, but a project to re-create the Plane commenced in the 2000s, since the locks remain a bottleneck for boat traffic.
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  • Called in here on our visit to the area. Run by volunteer. It has some multimedia formats to pass the information .. only three quid for entry Worth a look in on your trail. In. Here is a good place t...  more »
  • The Museum brings to life, life on the locks in this area throughout history. You come away with a much better understanding of the engineering feats used to create both the stepped lock and the now d...  more »
  • Aimed largely at children this museum gives a good interpretation of the inclined plane that replaced the 10 Foxton locks for a decade last century. Much hands on activities and computer generated vis...  more »
  • I ate here recently for lunch with my partner, sister and her baby daughter. The location is beautiful and the menu looks appetising enough. The service however was awful. It was ridiculously slow for our food to arrive and when it did it wasn't the best. The whitebait we had as a shared starter was fried to a crisp. We suspect it had been twice fried for some reason. All in all, the location is far better than the food. I would happily return for drinks, as a pub it is great, and the location is gorgeous, especially in the summer sun, but I wouldn't hurry back to eat there.
  • Excellent day out. The Locks are very interesting, we didn't go into the museum (£3 entry per person) but watching the boats navigate slowly through the 10 gates was very fun. Two nice pubs at the bottom with outdoor seating by the canal. If you are lucky there will be Morris dancers as well. A few barges sell small items at peak times (we went at Easter weekend). Well worth a visit!
  • Extortionate parking prices. This should be scrapped. But lovely place to visit. Nice pubs Bridge 61 pub is great. A proper "Free House". Also the drinks there are cheaper that the foxton pub (although the carvery here was brilliant)....
  • Love this place. Great to bring the children. So peaceful and tranquil. 2 pubs and a little boat trip - - perfect!
  • Fun day out with our three year old. She was fascinated watching the boats rise up through the locks! Couple of shops and pubs. Got a good hotdog & burger at the large pub. Would go again.

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