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image for Museum - Transport item typeThe Canal Museum at Foxton Locks

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  • MLA's Museum Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK
  • Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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VAQAS MLA ACCREDITED MUSEUM LEICS & RUTLAND HERITAGE FORUM

The BoilerHouse, Foxton

The BoilerHouse, Foxton

Address

Gumley Road,
Foxton,
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire,
LE16 7RA

Details

The Canal Museum building was home to the boiler and mechanical workings that powered the Caissons (barge containers) up and down the Inclined Plane, and now after extensive refurbishment, it shows not only how it all worked, but also brings to life what it was like to live and work on the canals and locks of the Victorian waterways.

Containing many fascinating exhibits of the time, the Canal Museum demonstrates how tough it was to make a living showing how families survived the harsh conditions of 19th century canal life.

The Canal Museum does much more than simply display these original artefacts, it allows you to interact with them. The centrepiece being an interactive game where the whole family can stoke the boiler to create the right conditions for the Inclined Plane to successfully operate. When you achieve the exact boiler conditions, the loaded barges make their journey up and down the Inclined Plane, all in real time. Progress is visible on large projection screens where the Inclined Plane can be seen operating in a fully recreated virtual reality world. Hearing the sounds of the boiler coming up to temperature, with dials to monitor, and the Caissons moving, this becomes a completely immersive experience.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

Summer
10am - 4pm Monday - Friday
11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
Last entry into museum 3.45pm

Winter
11am - 4pm weekends only

Prices

Admission to The Canal Museum: Adults £3, children under 16 Free with paying adult

The Locks site is open and free to visit at all times. If you visit by car there is a small parking charge, £1.50 all day in the long stay or £2.00 for 4 hours in the short stay.

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Directions

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Map reference: SP 691895  Lat: 52.49975 Long: -0.98263

Follow the brown signs from the A6-B6047 roundabout near Market Harborough. From junction 20 of M1, follow A4304 to Lubenham and turn left at brown sign.

Bus services: 44, RR2 (Rural Rider).

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Market Harborough station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Notes

Foxton Locks has several elements to it all managed separately. The Locks are on a hill, so wheelchair users may need assistants. Wherever possible we strive to provide good access. If you have any questions please ring the Museum for advice on 0116 2792657