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Gumley Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA


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View and download the Canal and River Trust Foxton Locks map HERE


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Canal & River Trust ‘Places to Visit’ - available in the App Store and Google Play.      also visit

PARKING (no overnight parking) 

Top Car Park - Long stay (all day) pay and dispay. Large overflow car park and picnic tables. Pedestrian access to the top of the locks and cafe.


Bottom Car Park - Short stay (4 hours) pay and dispay. Pedestrian access at the bottom of the locks, pubs and shop


TOILETS open the same time as the locks

Public Toilets in the top and bottom car park 


A Gongoozler is a person who enjoys watching activity on the canals and especially boats going through the locks. READ MORE


The BoilerHouse museum is the place to explore the history of the Inclined Plane boat lift, Locks and Lives associated with Foxton Locks. Previously Foxton Canal Museum, the BoilerHouse retains its museum accreditation but tells the story in exciting new and innovative ways.


More information about the museum on


More information about the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust


Foxton Locks has been awarded a Green Flag award. This award is fantastic for Foxton Locks, and also is a reflection of all the hard work and effort we all put into our fantastic destination. 


“The award is also a great testament to all the hard work that is put in by the Trust’s expert teams as well as our amazingly dedicated volunteers that help to make sure it’s a special place for people to visit.”

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Foxton Locks - Explore

CLICK for Official Visitor Site from Leicester Shire Promotions

Foxton Locks - Explore

CLICK for Official Visitor Site from Leicester Shire Promotions

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Traveller's Choice award 


Foxton Locks

in top 10% of attractions world wide


Lock Keepers Cottage Cafe is open at the top of the lock during lock opening times. Hot and cold food, drinks and locally made ice cream are available. Top Lock Coffee Stop


Bridge 61 Pub is at the bottom of the locks selling hot and cold food, tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks. They have a large beer garden and in the summer offer free use of their BBQ.

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Foxton Locks Inn at the bottom of the locks sell hot and cold meals, tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks. They have an extensive enclosed heated conservatory which opens up in the summer. Also there is a small function room to hire. They have extensive beer garden overlooking the canal.

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Come in and browse in our pre-loved bookshop next to the cafe at the top lock cottage. All proceeds help improved Foxton Locks.

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Weekends during the summer short 30 minute canal cruises are available from the bottom lock on Vagabond II. Details HERE 

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Locks are dangerous places. Built over 200 years ago before Health and Safety was considered, there are deep locks, fast moving water, uneven towpaths and dangerous lock gear mechanisms. Boats can be thrown around in a lock and crush anyone with legs dangling plus their propellor spinning would cause serious injury or death is someone fell in a lock. Weil's Desease is a risk too.


Children should be closely supervised by an adult and not allowed to run around, roll down the grass banks or play in any canal water.


Dogs must be on a lead at all times.


Bicycles, skateboards, skates, scooters and similar must not be ridden anywhere near the locks.


Barbeques or any other naked flames or fires are not allowed anywhere on the Foxton Locks site.


Weil's Desease (leptospirosis) can be contracted from canal water so if you come into contact with canal water always wash thoroughly. If you experience flu like symptons consult your GP and mention Weil's desease. In some cases IT CAN KILL.

Weil's Desease (leptospirosis) More information here 

Monday to Saturday

Buses run every hour from Foxton village

No service on Sundays or Bank Holidays


Phone 0116 305 0002


Click on Map to view timetable

NHS Urgent Care Centre
Coventry Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9DD    Tel: 01858 410500 (4 miles)           
Open: for minor injury care (with x-ray) - 6.30am to 9pm: for minor injury and illness - weekdays.                Weekends and bank holidays 9am to 7pm.
NHS Accident and Emergency

Kettering General Hospital             Phone: 01536 492000     (15 miles)

Rothwell Rd, Kettering NN16 8UZ        


Leicester Royal Infirmary                Phone: 0300 303 1573    (15 miles)
Infirmary Square,  Leicester LE1 5WW            

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