Market Harborough - 800 Years of Shopping

Market Harborough - 800 Years of Shopping


Market Harborough - 800 Years of Shopping

The beautiful market town of Market Harborough has been a shopper’s haven for 800 years. Whatever you’re looking for, their range of boutique and independent stores will have it. Enjoy the historic surroundings and packed calendar of events, there’s more than enough to keep you busy.

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Market Harborough, Market Harborough, Market Harborough, LE16 0SD

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


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  • Uncover the story - Granted market status in 1204, the rural town of Market Harborough still draws shoppers, who come to enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional markets and independent stores. <hr> With a backdrop of historic buildings and the River Welland running through the centre, there’s plenty more to see and do all within easy reach once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped. <hr> The town’s most iconic site is the Old Grammar School, built on stilts to shelter the butter market traders below. Dating back to 1614, this timber-framed building is the jewel in Market Harborough’s crown, and regularly hosts outdoors arts and crafts markets. Information leaflets on its history are available in the adjacent St Dionysius Church. <hr> Making up a trio of treasures around Church Square is The Symington Building. This former Victorian corset factory was a leader in its field and, in its heyday, aimed to ‘dress every woman in the world’. Find out what it achieved and more in the first-floor museum or have a coffee in its café. <hr> Suitably refreshed, head to the nearby indoor market or hunt for a souvenir in niche giftshops and boutiques. To sample the town’s newest retail experience, discover the Eco Village, home to small local businesses offering sustainable, free-range produce. More shopping with a difference is found at the Leicestershire Craft Centre, where you can treat yourself to a new skill such as sewing. <hr> If your visit coincides with a special event – farmers’ and specialist markets on The Square, classic car shows, comedy festivals and Civil War re-enactments all feature in a packed calendar – staying over is the obvious choice. <hr> Harborough has a great range of accommodation, from yurts to historic coaching inns, and if you’re looking for the ultimate break, hiring a narrowboat from Union Wharf Marina gives you the chance to float away in search of splendid isolation.

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