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The Three Swans Hotel – Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE167NJ 01858 466644

Out & About in Market Harborough

A travellers guide to Leicestershire


Leicestershire is bursting with culture, history and attractions for families or couples,
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks


The whole family will enjoy a fun-packed visit to Foxton Locks, situated within a few miles of Market Harborough. Surrounded by Leicestershire’s beautiful countryside, you will experience all that this unique waterways landmark has to offer – colourful narrowboats, the famous flight of 10 locks and the new BoilerHouse virtual experiences.

Foxton Locks is home to two amazing feats of engineering in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside.

The Grade II listed locks on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal are over 200 years old. They demonstrate how 19th century canal engineers solved the problem of getting boats up and down a steep hill.

This impressive flight of ten locks are the longest set of staircase locks in Britain. It takes an average of 45 minutes for boats to travel the entire flight and on a busy day as many as 40 boats can make the trip. The lock keepers will be busy directing the traffic, making use of the passing pond in the middle of the flight.

How to get there - http://www.goleicestershire.com/outdoors/foxton.aspx 

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle


This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been my family’s home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. This is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham’s long and fascinating story. The Castle is now home to James Saunders Watson, his wife Elizabeth and their children, all of whom enjoy the Castle.

Website: http://www.rockinghamcastle.com/

Opening Times & Ticketing

 

From 5th April to the end of May: Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

June to 29th September: Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

Open 12 noon – 5pm. Grounds open at 12 noon. Castle opens at 1pm

Adults £10.50, Children (5 – 16) £6.00. There is no charge for children aged 4 and under.

Family Ticket (2+2) £27.00.

Oundle

Oundle


Oundle is a historic market town in Northamptonshire famous for its Georgian streetscapes and impressive limestone buildings. There is much to discover whether you are on the history trail, attending one of the many cultural events or want to enjoying active country pursuits. Oundle rewards the day visitor and equally those looking to stay a little longer.

In the town there are a range of independent shops, coffee houses, pubs and eateries and of course the famous Public School. Encircled by the river Nene there are numerous leisure and wildlife opportunities as well as many picturesque villages and important historical sites nearby.

It's also home to our sister property, The Talbot Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House which is steeped in historic charm, including original brickwork from Fotheringhay Castle and the Mary Queen of Scots staircase. 

Find out more about Oundle at www.oundle.info

 

Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall


Kelmarsh Hall is a Grade I listed country house built in 1732. The Kelmarsh Estate is now in the care of a charitable trust, charged with maintaining it in perpetuity for the benefit of the nation.In 2004, Kelmarsh (Events) Limited was set up as a commercial arm of the business to support the Charitable Trust.

Website: www.kelmarsh.com

Opening Times

The hall is open from 2pm to 5pm for guided tours on:
- Tuesdays, the first Sunday of every month and Bank Holiday Mondays

Please note:- Hall tours must be booked on arrival at the Visitor Centre - tours run regularly from 2pm to 4.30pm and last approximately one hour. Spaces on the earlier tours tend to fill up first, so you may be booked onto a later tour.  

A Croome exhibition tour will be available at 3:30pm on Tuesdays, the first Sunday of every month and Bank Holiday Mondays.  These are only available if booked in advance so please telephone 01604 686 543 if you would like to book onto a Croome exhibition tour.

Please note that the House tour with garden admission price is for one tour only.  If you would like to do both the Croome Exhibition tour and the Kelmarsh tour there is a £4 surcharge.

House tour with garden admission:  
Adult £8, Concession £7.50, Child (5-14 years) £4.50 

Gardens only
Adult £6, Concessions £5.50, Child (5-14 years) £3.50, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £15

Private group tours of the hall, Croome collection and gardens are available – please call 01604 686543 for more information.

Harborough Museum

Harborough Museum


Harborough Museum was opened in 1983 and is set in the historic market town of Market Harborough. Founded in the 12th century, the town is still the focus of local commerce and boasts an indoor market, antiques market (Wednesday and Sunday) and a range of unique retail outlets. The museum recently underwent a redevelopment and now operates as an integrated service with the library and local studies area on the first floor of the Symington Building.

Website: www.leics.gov.uk/harboroughmuseum

Opening Times

Mon - CLOSED
Tues to Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Sunday - CLOSED

Kilworth House Theatre

Kilworth House Theatre


The Kilworth House Theatre opened in 2007 in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel in south Leicestershire.

There’s a special aura and magic about open-air theatre on a beautiful English summer’s evening, so what better way to experience that magic than amidst the magnificent surroundings of the Kilworth estate, enjoying a professional production of a standard rarely seen outside the West End of London.

Click here to see their latest events.

Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park


Extending to 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside the Park has a wild and rugged aspect that you do not expect to find so close to the city with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old.

Website: http://www.bradgatepark.org/

Entry to the park is free, however parking charges apply.

Car/Small Van/Motorcycle

Monday – Friday £3

Sat/Sun/Bank Holidays £4

National Space Centre

National Space Centre


The National Space Centre is an all-weather attraction for all the family, situated in the heart of the Midlands, located just two miles from Leicester city centre. Why not take a tour round the centre, or check out our special events and birthday parties for a full range of ideas to make your visit out of this world.

Website: www.spacecentre.co.uk

Adult 13.00

Child (5-16)* 11.00

Concession§ 11.00

Under 5 FREE 

Parking (all day ) 3.00

 

Union Wharf Narrowboats Hire

Union Wharf Narrowboats Hire


Hire one of their self steer day boats, all fully equipped for 12 people at the picturesque Union Wharf, Market Harborough. Take a trip on the canal through the beautiful countryside to the famous Foxton Locks and back.

Click here to view their website


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