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Accessibility for Foxton Canal Museum


The museum is situated adjacent to the middle lock at Foxton Locks. The museum tells the story of the Inclined Plane Boat Lift and Foxton Locks through interpretation boards, film, interactives and artifacts. It is an accredited museum.


The museum is based on one floor. Museum assistants are on hand if assistance is required.


You can also visit our shop selling a range of souvenirs.


We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries please phone 0116 279 2657 or email



Before you arrive

  • Follow brown tourist signs for Foxton Locks from A6 and A4304

  • The nearest railway station is Market Harborough which is 4.3 miles away

  • The 44 bus runs from Market Harborough to Foxton Village, Monday to Saturday, alight at Gumley junction (approx 1 mile walk)


Car Parking and Arrival

  • Long stay car park on Gumley Road - £3.00 for the day

  • Short stay car park down the access road to the bottom of locks - £3.50 for 4 hours

  • Disabled access car spaces in bottom car park.

  • Toilets - 1 disabled access

  • Short stay car park is tarmac and is lit at night.

  • Long stay car park is a grassed area and may be uneven.

  • Pathways on the site are even and mud free.

  • Access to the museum is up a sloped pathway.

  • Museum is signposted from both car parks.

Bottom carpark

Disabled access parking bays in bottom short stay car park

 A brick building with the door open

Toilet block with access ramp in bottom short stay car park

Road over a bridge

Access road over bridge to museum and other businesses

A road going up a hill with a grass verge either side and trees

Access road  to 2 disabled access parking bays and pathway to museum

Parking bays with a grass verge and trees

Disabled access parking bays

A tarmac path with trees either side and a fence on the right hand side
A tarmac path sloping up with a grassy area and lock gates to the right.
Tarmac path with a grass verge, fence and locks on the right. A grass verge and trees on the left.

Pathway from parking bays to the museum and locks.

The Museum

The Boat Lift and Canal Museum

Path to museum

Brick building with bench outside.

Front Entrance into museum

Front Counter

Museum entry counter

Main Entrance, Reception and Ticketing Area 

  • The main entrance has automatic doors.

  • The floor is level concrete slabs

  • The main entrance is well lit.


Attraction (displays, exhibits)

  • Interpretation panels were designed with restricted vision in mind.

  • There is an interactive boiler game

  • At the back of the museum there is a short film of the history of the locks and boat lift.

  • There are various digital screen showing short films of canal related material.

  • There is part of a canal boat which the visitor can go in and listen to the tale of the boat woman.


Public Toilets

  • The museum does not have any public toilets

  • The nearest public toilets are located down in the bottom car park

Display wall with images with boat exhibit and boiler game in front.
Entry door to canal boat exhibit

Interior of museum

Canal boat exhibit

Display case with brightly painted objects. Wall at back has canal signs on it.

Back of museum

Touchscreen computer and model at back of museum

Touchscreen computer and model

Exit gates into shop with brick wall behind.

Exit gate into shop

Shop display

The shop


  • There is a shop with a range of souvenirs and books, etc which an be accessed directly from the main entrance and when exiting the exhibition area

  • The shop is level throughout.

  • Staff can offer assistance if required

  • There is a promotional video being played

Watch our videos which were produced as part of the project 'Through the Eyes of .....' working with people who may face barriers accessing cultural sites.






Additional Information

Dogs are welcome on leads. A water bowl is available at the main entrance.

Contact Information

Address: Foxton Canal Museum,  Middle Lock,  Gumley Road Foxton, LE16 7RA

Telephone:                 0116 2792657


Grid Reference:         SP691895

Hours Of Operation:  Summer – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday – 11am till 5pm

                                    Winter - weekends only - 11am till 4pm


Local Accessible Taxi:  Kwik Cabs Barking House Farndon Road Market Harborough LE16 7NP 01858 468777

Local Public Transport: Centrebus route 44 -  0844 351 1120

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