To fully experience Market Harborough, we recommend that visitors stay for a long weekend or at least a couple of days. As fate would have it, this isn’t always possible and visitors to our hotel sometimes only have time to spend one full 24 hours in town.
With only one day to get out and explore, where do you start? It’s a question that our team is always happy to answer, but we thought that we’d write up what we’d recommend you do on your day in Market Harborough, too.
Of course, everyone has their own preferences but we think that this guide covers all bases.
8:30am: Breakfast at The Angel Hotel
Rise and shine! After a peaceful night’s sleep in one of our rooms, all of our hotel guests have a breakfast included in their booking. Waking up to a cooked breakfast is one of the best ways to start the day and with plenty planned, it’s much needed!
10am: Harborough Museum
Just a two-minute walk from our hotel, the Harborough museum is a must for visitors to the town. The museum celebrates the town’s long history as a centre of trade and industry. After an hour in hear, you’ll be ready to explore the town you’ve learned all about.
11pm: Stroll around the town
What better way to get a taste for Market Harborough than looking around the town centre? With a hotel right in the centre of Market Harborough, the high street is literally on your doorstep. As well as the more well-known shops, there are many hidden gems to be discovered on the town’s quaint, idyllic streets and yards surrounding them.
Look out for The Old Grammar School in the centre, too. Constructed in 1614, this is perhaps the town’s most iconic buildings.
1pm: Foxton Locks
Within a few miles of Market Harborough is an attraction for all the family to enjoy. Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two staircases. Visitors will experience the unique waterways landmark with colourful narrowboats and the BoilerHouse, a museum that has interactive family games.
Here, you can walk around the canals or even hop on a passenger boat trip that runs most weekends. Whilst here, there are plenty of places for a spot of lunch, whether in the locks or in the surrounding villages.
3:30pm: Harborough indoor market
Harborough Indoor Market continues an 800 year old tradition of market trading in the heart of the town. The market has a unique shopping experience that has led to it being awarded Britain’s Best Small Indoor Market in 2016 and the Leicester Mercury Retail Business of the Year 2016.
4:30pm: Scenic walks
Market Harborough is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there are lots of walking routes through the centre and parks too. In this booklet, there are 10 walks in and around Market Harborough, ranging from a shorter stroll to those longer.
After all those activities, you’ll be ready for a hearty dinner. At The Angel Hotel, we have a contemporary menu with a variety of course options available. On Sundays, we offer a modern yet traditional menu, again with a variety of course options on offer. Take a look at our dinner menu here.
If you’ve only got one day, we understand that you might want to experience some other eateries too; and in Market Harborough, you’re be spoilt for choice.
8pm: Evening entertainment
To end the day, how about some light entertainment? Harborough Theatre is a small theatre with plenty happening. Check their schedule to see if there are any plays on whilst you’re in town.
If there is nothing doing, Market Harborough has plenty of other spots to visit at night. Whether you’re looking for a traditional pub or modern bar, Harborough has it all.
Hotel in Market Harborough
Before your visit, we recommend that you take a look at things to do in Market Harborough so that you avoid wasting time deciding on your plan. Once you’ve seen it all, it’s bedtime! Make your way back to your hotel that combines charm and elegance with modern-day essentials and luxuries.
To book your stay in our Market Harborough hotel, use our online booking system or call reception on 01858 462 702.