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Barrow upon Soar


Barrow upon Soar

Located in landlocked Leicestershire, Barrow-upon-Soar became famous in 1851 when a fossilised marine reptile was found here.

The ‘Barrow Kipper’ lived in the shallow seas that covered the area millions of years ago, and today it’s the peaceful waters of the River Soar that attract visitors.

Barrow Boating offers family fun on vessels including swan pedaloes and hydrobikes, and you can even take your tent along and camp on the site’s own island. Alternatively, ‘Paddle to the Pub’ with outdoor adventure company Let’s Get Lost, which gives you the chance to glide past beautiful scenery before stopping at a riverside pub such as The Navigation Inn.

More great food, drinks and river views are included at The Moorings, which started life as a coal wharf. Landlubbers can stroll to Millennium Park, a wildlife haven with a giant sundial, and admire The Round House, an octagonal building erected in 1827 as a village lock-up.

Stop for refreshments at The Blacksmiths Arms, dating back to 1753, the 17th century Three Crowns or The Hunting Lodge, which has six themed bedrooms. You can also enjoy a coffee, and shop for fresh produce at Millie’s Café and Farm Shop at High Meadows Farm. Although the ‘Barrow Kipper’ now resides in Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, visitors can follow a fun trail of fossil sculptures scattered throughout the village.

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Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, LE12 8AN

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Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


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