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Address: Middle Lock Gumley Road | Foxton Leicestershire, Foxton, Market Harborough LE16 7RA, England
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+44 116 279 2657
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Set at at the middle of the Famous Foxton Locks site, The BoilerHouse uses...

Set at at the middle of the Famous Foxton Locks site, The BoilerHouse uses fun and films to support its historic collection of artifacts, to tell the story of Foxton Locks and The inclined Plane Boat Lift. Previously 'Foxton Canal Museum' we reopened in April 2015 after a major Arts Council funded refurbishment. We now have films, a unique 'boiler game' and several screens telling the story. you can also download the Foxton App, this brings the lift and history alive out on site, the full app is £3.99 but it lets one adult into the BoilerHouse for Free! Children love the Boiler Game and the play boat, but the children are often old enough to retire! Wheelchair access is good, but you may need assistance as the site is quite steep. give us a call if you want advice. School parties and group visits welcome. Visit our website for more information.

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An interesting insight into the boat life

The Boiler House is an interesting way to learn all about the boat lift which was only in use for 10 years. It is interactive and good for all the family. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda C
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Boiler House is an interesting way to learn all about the boat lift which was only in use for 10 years. It is interactive and good for all the family. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Linda C
Stamford, United Kingdom
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414 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to visit as part of an overall visit to Foxton Locks. It is a small museum but good things to see and for children to do. Well worth a visit.

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Thank BobStamford
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A good attraction for children and adults alike. there's a good film and practical things to do. Well worth a visit.

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Thank mike_major
Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

A nice small museum set into the old boiler house of the foxton lift. It does well showing how the locks and lift worked, and a little bit about the history of the canal. This film could be lengthened and made more detailed as a suggestion. The staff are very friendly and keen to expand the museum. It is small... More 

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Thank Duckula
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Well worth calling in here, some friendly staff and things to have a go with, interesting exhibits which taught us both a lot about the area

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Thank Glenn W
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

A very friendly welcome at this quaint museum that we spent about 45 minutes in. It was our first visit to the museum as on other occasions we have visited the locks the museum has been closed. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Julian A
Mike B, Museum Keeper at The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks, responded to this review

Hi great to hear that you enjoyed the visit. we are now closed week days and will close from the 19th December until February as we are making changes and adding new exhibits to keep it fresh for next year. So next time you visit there will be something new. More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Would, maybe, of interest to children but very little of interest for the average adult. In no way does this museum warrant an admission fee of £4 per adult.

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Thank TowingTinSnail
Mike B, Manager at The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks, responded to this review

Dear TowingTinSnail, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you felt it was over priced and not interesting enough. The museum doesn't receive funding as we are independent and rely on the entry charge and money from the shop to run it. The information in the museum has been designed to give the visitor an overview, if that is what... More 

East Midlands, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We took our boat through the locks and came back and visited this little museum and were so pleased we did. Lovely, helpful, jovial staff with a real love of the canals answered all of our questions and we learnt so much about the amazing inclined plane and how and why it was there. Well worth a visit and a... More 

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Thank P P
Swanley, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Found the Boiler House Museum very interesting having visited 35 years ago when the inclined plane was all but forgotten about. Think the displays are very informative and very good for children. Think that the £4.00 a head together with the £2.50 parking is a little steep as this is only for 4 hours and if you want to walk... More 

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Thank Daphne629
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a well preserved piece of history it makes you wonder how they worked it out how to get barges up and down a hill through a series of locks absolutely brilliant. There is ample parking £2 per day.walk along the canal lots to see plenty of seats to rest on.good footpaths too.good photos of the whole thing to... More 

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