Market Harborough is a thriving market town in the county of Leicestershire. Part of the charm of the town is the abundant heritage and shopping. The beautiful St Dionysius’ Church is well worth a look at as the building next door, the town’s famous old grammar school, a quaint timber structure. The Market Harborough Museum has some great collections telling the story of local history through the years. Harborough Indoor Market continues an 800-year-old tradition of market trading in the heart of the town and was voted Britain’s Best Small Indoor Market in 2016. With over 60 independent stalls selling everything from the latest fashion, gifts, jewellery, furniture and pet supplies in the General Hall to a specialist butcher, cheesemonger, and cake stall in the Food Hall. After looking at the market wander through the town with its mix of exciting stores and quirky independent retailers. This afternoon we drive the short distance through the unspoilt Leicester countryside to Foxton Locks, home to two amazing feats of engineering. The first is the Grade II listed locks on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal. This impressive flight of ten locks is over 200 years old and are the longest set of staircase locks in Britain. It takes an average of 45 minutes for boats to travel the entire flight and on a busy day as many as 40 boats make the trip. Alongside the locks you can see the side ponds which provide water for the locks. These ponds are a haven for local wildlife, including ducks, heron and water vole. The second feat of engineering is the inclined plane boat lift. Designed at a time when the canals were the mass transport system for England it was to help improve the capacity of the canal network. To find out how the locks and inclined plane worked visit the Canal Museum. There is also a coffee shop and two pubs.
Price: £22.50 includes return travel by luxury coach, free time in Market Harborough and a visit to Foxton Locks.
If you'd like to receive our brochure...
Click here for our Brochure
Need more info on the booking trips?
Click here for How To Book
Why not book online now?
Click here for Booking Form
Stuck for present ideas? How about a gift voucher?
Click here for Gift Vouchers