Take a stroll around Lubenham Heritage Group’s Historic Village Trail, and learn the facts behind all the interesting features and properties of the village, and why there are so many big houses in a small village. Free written guides are available.
A very attractive market town with a wide range of independent shops, museum, St Dionysus Church and famous Old Grammar School built on stilts in 1614, and also home of Thomas Cook who founded the travel industry.
Foxton Locks Canal Museum
Situated on the Grand Union canal, this is a staircase of ten narrow locks, built in 1810, it became so busy that the pioneering Incline Plane Boat Lift was opened in 1900 and is now in the process of being restored. From here a canal arm travels to the wharf in Market Harborough, while the Grand Union rises to the summit of the canal at the top of the locks and to one of the most beautiful stretches of canal in the country.
Built by William the Conqueror and owned by the Crown, it has now been continuously occupied by the Watson family for 450 years.
Battle of Naseby
The Battle of Naseby was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War, fought on 14 June 1645 between the main Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarian New Model Army, commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell.
Other Historic Places
Kelmarsh Hall and gardens, Catholic Rushton Hall & Triangular Lodge, Lamport Hall. Stanford Hall, Elizabethan Burghley House, and Calke Abbey where time forgot, closed for 100 years.
The newly discovered burial place of King Richard III together with its exhibition and tomb in Leicester Cathedral. The National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping Station, Castle and gardens, Jewry Wall prehistory and medieval Museum. Leicester Cathedral and The Guildhall,and Abbey Park.
Snibsons Discovery Park, Belvoir Castle and gardens, home of the Dukes of Rutland. Barnsdale Gardens.The Great Central Railway, Charnwood Forest, Battle of Bosworth and vistor centre. Donnington Park Racetrack. Bradgate Park, home of Lady Jane Grey England tragic seven day Queen.
Charles Rennie Macintosh’s unique 78 Derngate, Althorp: childhood home of Princess Diana, Wickstead Theme Park, Coton Manor Gardens, Deene Park, Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, Silverstone Racetrack. Broughton House, Towcester Racecourse.
Within Easy Reach
Rutland Water and bird watchers paradise, Kenilworth Castle and newly re-created Elizabethan gardens, built by Robert Dudley in 1575 for the arrival of the queen on her summer progress, Warwick Castle and Madame Tussaud’s Exhibition, National Motor Collection, Coventry Cathedral. We are also only a 45 minute drive from The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Airport and all the attractions England’s second city has to offer.