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A really good place to get the local history and the wonders of the engineering. This is a real... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
Poole, United Kingdom
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Nice little traditional museum, well worth a visit

We had 45 mins to wait before descending the locks, so popped into this museum. Admission was... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
John G
Manningtree, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is an excellent venue for children ( and adults ) to learn about our industrial heritage. Good facilities, lots of parking at a reasonable cost, there's even a pub & restaurant on site. At a time when English Heritage only seem interested in rescuing stately homes, this is an important part of our social history. The on site volunteers are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable, willing to answer any questions.
Our visit was further enhanced by the Foxton Locks Folk club which meet on the first Sunday every month in the Museum. Some super musicians & vocalists, with visiting singers from as far away as Staffordshire, hosted by museum curator Mike. The group Dragonhead were especially entertaining.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Visited the museum while looking at the locks as we had been some years ago and wanted to see what progress has been made with the restoration. A lot more to see and the museum tells the story very well. Went up to the viewing platform and were lucky enough to catch up with a very enthusiastic volunteer who was giving a talk on how the inclined plane worked. Terrific views across Leicestershire and well worth going to see this attraction. I must admit to the fact that we are both canal fanatics anyway!

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Excellent morning (despite the weather) walking along side the locks and around the museum. A very good example of boats navigating the locks if you are lucky - which we were.
Parking £2 for upto 4 hours on the short stay car park.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is the first time we have been to Foxton Locks for quite a few years; The whole place has changed beyond recognition. Firstly the short stay car park has moved from the left hand side to the new designated area down a new road. The car park is too small to accommodate all the cars at busy times. The fact the pay and display is £2 for a 4 hr session is a joke when you have to park on the potholed grass. The holes where deep enough to bottom out a car so beware when trying to park. Foxton locks have lots of grassy areas to enjoy a picnic. The sight of the boats and barges travelling up and down the locks is a sight many enjoy. It is a job to realise that not many years ago these canal barges were the main source of goods carrying across Britain. The pub The Foxton Locks Inn was busy so we avoided and opted for an ice cream and drink from the canal side shop. Take a lot of money with you the shop prices rival those in London. The museum now charges to go in which is a shame as unless you pay you don’t get to learn about the way Foxton was built and how it worked. Foxton has changed so much since my last visit, a lot for the better just a couple of niggles about the cost of the car park and lack of spaces. The high cost of items in the shop and the cost to enter the museum. Next time we visit we will go in the week and avoid the weekend crowds, but will take some cans of drink with us and bypass the shop.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

A short drive out of Market Harborough - this is an amazing example of the fantastic efforts the canal builders went to to navigate up and down the country. Foxton still has a working flight of locks which handle large numbers of narrow-boats each year. Enjoy watching the boaters working the paddles and gates under the watchful eye of the lock keeper. The museum is well worth a visit too. You can learn about the boat lift which was designed to speed up the time it took boats to go up or down the locks. Pictures of the original boat lift show the clever way it all worked - then you can look outside and see the remains of the structure. There is even talk of rebuilding the lift - but this may be be just a dream - bound to be hugely expensive.
Anyway - don't visit Foxton without going in the museum. The staff are nice and friendly and there is much of interest to see.

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