Market Harborough is located in a rural part of south Leicestershire and is roughly 25 miles south of Leicester. The town is near the A14 main road and is also served by the Midland Main Line railway. There is also a branch of the Grand Union Canal which terminates in the town. Nearby to the town are the famous Foxton Locks.
Market Harborough was founded in the 12th century as a market town to provide a market to boost the economy of the surrounding area. It once had a clothes making industry, with corsets being made in the town.
Of the town's more unusual features: there is an unusual mediaeval grammar school located in the town centre which stands on wooden stilts. The underside was once used as a butter market.