Top places to live in Leicestershire & Rutland Market Harborough
Great shopping, beautiful buildings and a growing arts and culture scene, you'll be hard pushed to find a better place to live than this pretty market town plus, it's easy to head to the city when required.
A perfect place for those who crave country living but can’t tear themselves away from the city. Market Harborough is one of the liveliest market towns in the county with boutique shopping and fabulous foodie haunts. It’s also a major contender for families and young couples who want good travel connections to London.
Ascough’s Bistro is a hit with the locals – it’s a relaxed family-run restaurant that serves top-notch food. For a coffee and cake, look no further than friendly, Milo’s Cafe and for brunch we recommend Great Bowden Stores just a few minutes away. For Sunday roast, book lunch at The George in Great Oxenden.
Harbs has a great mix of high street chains, including local label Joules, Mint Velvet and Phase Eight but head down The Courtyard and you’ll find Ada Gallery that sells pretty jewellery. For indie gems, Adam and Eve Street and Church Street is where you need to be. Try No 34 Boutique (Muddy award winner in Best Women’s Store category) for women’s fashion and for gorgeous homeware and decor, try Bagel&Griff and Lavender Blue. The fabulous Eco Village is a great alternative to supermarkets and a more eco-friendly way to shop. There’s also a thriving indoor market in town that’s not to be missed. If you’ve got little ones and are looking for something fun to do with them, try the Hartbeeps classes. Their interactive classes are magical and musical and the kids won’t want to leave.
Pop in and visit Harborough Museum. It was opened in 1983 in the former R & W H Symington corset factory. A visit to Foxton Locks is a great day out for the family – take a boat trip, visit the museum, or enjoy a picnic or pub lunch. Nearby Grade I listed house, Kelmarsh Hall is well worth visiting to see the charming gardens.
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We can recommend independent, Leicester Grammar School, which is a 20 minute car journey. Independent, co-ed Brooke House College is also a great choice for pupils aged 11-19 and has a wonderfully diverse mix of students, as well as the option to board and a brilliant Football Academy.
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Visit nearby Wistow’s Maze open in the summer. It’s one of the country’s largest mazes set in 8 acres of maize and sunflower crops.
It’s 88 miles from London – less than an hour direct into Kings Cross St Pancras. An annual season train ticket is £8000+. It takes just under two hours to drive into the city.
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