Market Harborough is a traditional, historic market town located just a short 10 minute drive from Foxton Locks Lodges. The picturesque town is the perfect day out when on your holiday here. There are many small, independent, boutique shops selling clothes, gifts and homewares to name a few. There are also some of the major chains that people may like to visit such as Fat Face, White Stuff and Joules. Joules was founded in Market Harborough so this is their flagship store. They also have their brand new innovative head office located just on the outskirts of the town.
Market Harborough is steeped in history. There is a church right in the centre of the town with the historic Old Grammar School located next door. This a small timber building dating from 1614. The ground floor is open, creating a covered market area and there is a single room on the first floor, it has become a symbol of the town. There is also a covered market and a weekly farmers market located in the centre of the town. The markets were first opened in Market Harborough in 1221 – hence Harborough adopting the name ‘Market’.
Canal at Market Harborough
You can walk along the canal all the way from Foxton to Market Harborough (roughly 2 hours) and you will be taken to Union Wharf which is now home to a canal-side restaurant, offices and flats and a home for canal boats. The Waterfront Restaurant is sister to Foxton Locks Inn and is a great place to visit for lunch or supper and watch the everyday life pass on the canal. In the winter they have igloos outside for you to dine in, these are very popular and need booking well in advance.
Eating Out at Market Harborough
There are so may options for eating out in Harborough, from well known chains such as Zizzi’s to smaller independent eateries. Two of the best are Ascough’s and Rock Salt. There are also lots of good restaurants serving international cuisine, such as Thai, Chinese and Indian. There are also many bars and pubs if you are after a bit of evening entertainment.