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Leicestershire Boating Holidays

Union Wharf is located in the attractive and historic market town of Market Harborough, England. The Union Wharf Marina is at the terminus of the canal close to Foxton Locks and the historic Incline Plane. Perfect for your next canal boat holiday in Leicestershire, find out more about Union Wharf Marina now.

Phone: 01858 432123
Phone to book: 0330 3330 590
Address: Canal Basin, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7UW
Berths: 2-10

Maps / Guides

Waternav App: E1, E3
Nicholson: N1, N7, N3
Lockmaster: L14, L18
Pearsons: P6, P7
Geo Projects: G1, G29

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Union Wharf Boat Hire

Union Wharf Marina is located in a stunning canal basin location at the end of the Market Harborough arm of the Grand Union canal in Leicestershire. A fantastic base for a wide variety of canal routes, many taking in the Foxton Locks, a 10 lock staircase with handy pubs at either end.

Union Wharf Marina offers everything from cruising to cities like Leicester, Coventry, Oxford and Warwick, to more rural and scenic routes taking in Braunston with its 2,042-yard tunnel or the peaceful Ashby canal which is lock free! This versatile marina provides the perfect canal boat holiday for families, groups or couples. 

ABC Boat Hire’s hand-crafted fleet of boats at Union Wharf narrowboatsrange from a 47ft boat suitable for 2-4 people, to a 70ft 10 berth boat ideal for families or larger groups. Learn more about our canal boats now. 

The Union Wharf marina sits on the edge of a historic basin with lovingly restored canalside warehouses. One of which is the Waterfront bar and restaurant, serving a variety of food and drinks for the thirsty boater.

Directions to Union Wharf Marina



Leave the M1 at Junction 20 and take the A4304 sign-posted Market Harborough. Travel for approximately 12 miles and you will arrive in Market Harborough. Follow signs for town centre. Turn left at mini-roundabout. Follow the one-way system and at T-Junction turn left. Leaving the town centre behind you go through a chicane and continue up the hill passing the ‘Police station’ on the left. Take the second left after the ‘Police station’. The marina office is on the right hand side.


From Birmingham International Airport
Take a taxi or a train to the marina (about 60 minutes drive).


The nearest rail station in Market Harborough is less than a mile from the marina. A 3 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk. 


Here are some useful resources for information regarding Union Wharf.

The Waterfront
Train times & tickets
Birmingham Airport


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Union Wharf Marina, Leicestershire

Aylesbury & return

A good route for the first timer. Through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove, Milton Keynes.

Banbury & return

This is a good cruise for first timers and takes you through the Cotswold countryside. 

Braunston & return

A relaxing cruise across sweeping countryside offering the rare chance to revel in a remote landscape with occasional breaks held in the drama of an idyllic lock flight and the celebrity heritage of two of Britain's canals’ most loved marinas.

Coventry or Snarestone & return

With only 17 locks each way between Gayton and Coventry, this is one of the easiest one-week routes

Loughborough & return

You will cruise towards Leicester where you could stop off and experience contemporary, inspirational shopping in Leicester’s transformed city centre.

Oxford & return

A popular two week route giving you plenty of time to stop and explore Oxford.

The Leicester/East Midlands Ring

A varied route taking in parts of the Oxford Canal, the Grand Union Leicester Line, the River Soar, a short section of the River Trent, part of the Trent & Mersey Canal, and the Coventry Canal. The route includes five tunnels, several aqueducts, and 101 locks - can be done in 10 to 14 days depending on experience

Warwick & return

A popular 10 night cruise from Union Wharf, or it can be completed in a week from Gayton and Rugby. 


Short Breaks

The following are suggested routes for short break canal holidays from Union Wharf Marina

Crick & return

This route lets your mind escape to a place that is not as far off the beaten track as the canal would have you believe. A lazy cruise ambling uncluttered countryside, deliciously dosed with a flight of energetic locks to work through.

Kilby Bridge & return

This route meanders lazy miles of open countryside south of Leicester, with far-reaching views whispering old secrets of corsets and hosiery, boots and shoes, and great cargoes of coal that once travelled from pit to factories to make this region prosperous.

Leicester & return

Travel north on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union through charmingly unspoilt countryside and onto the city of Leicester.

Welford & return

Welford has plenty of overnight mooring places, with a reservoir and village to explore.


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Union Wharf Marina, Leicestershire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Eagle

Max: 7 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Lark

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft (63ft from Falkirk)

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Two to Five berth Boats

Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 47ft

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Up to twelve berth Boats

Alvechurch Owl

Max: 10 People

Length: 70ft

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