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Cosy inns and tea rooms in Market Harborough

With its picturesque churches, boutique shops, quaint cafes and pop-up markets, this quiet medieval market town is one of the prettiest in Leicestershire. There’s plenty to explore among the cobbles, but if you want bigger shops and a livelier nightlife, you’re only a 15-minute train journey from the centre of Leicester.

Rock up at Rockingham Castle

Built by William the Conqueror, this former royal fortress and hunting lodge is surrounded by magnificent gardens, where events take place throughout the year. On a clear day, the castle has views stretching over five counties. Explore the butler’s pantry and old kitchen below stairs, before moving up to the grander rooms, complete with dramatic chandeliers, portraits and furniture.

Savour fun-filled family activities

For an enjoyable day out in the great outdoors, look no further than Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal. See working locks, take a boat trip and get hands-on at the interactive BoilerHouse museum. Also worth a visit is Wistow Maze, one of the largest maize mazes in the country. Follow the quiz trail and collect clues hidden among the 3 miles of pathways. Looking for accommodation in Market Harborough? Next to shops and cafes, Travelodge Market Harborough is right in the heart of the town. Our hotels in Kettering and Lutterworth are both around 10 miles away.