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Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

When Foxton Locks were completed in 1814, canal trade was booming. The locks became a bottleneck with loads of boats wanting to use them at the same time. To solve the problem, a boat lift was built which carried boats up and down the steep hill in giant tanks of water.
Now, Foxton Locks is the perfect place to see and understand engineering at its best. These grand constructions changed this landscape forever. Visit Foxton Locks to discover the full story and find out why the lift was only open for ten years.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets

Free facilities for teachers include risk assessments, pre-visits and downloadable learning resources. Other facilities include outdoor picnic area, shop, cafe, restaraunt, pub, stable building and interpretive trail.


School trips to Foxton Locks are completely free of charge. This includes all admission, workshops and activities.
Boat trips are an optional extra and charge a small fee. They can be booked separately through Vagabond Boat Trips.
T: 0116 2792285
Coaches are required to pay for parking in the pay and display car park.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


Other Accreditations

Sandford Award

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