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Touring Rutland



Oakham castle Norman hall by Barbara Ballard Rutland is Englandís smallest county measuring 18 miles top to bottom and 17 miles across. The main cities in Rutland are Oakham and Uppingham.



Oakham church by Barbara Ballard St  Peter and St Paul church window by Barbara Ballared Oakham is home to a Norman hall, all that remains of its former castle. The town has an interesting museum and a large church. Uppingham has an interesting historic church and an upmarket school. Oakham is the better of the two towns for having a good supply of shops and businesses for the visitor.

The Rutland Railway museum is four miles from Oakham. It focuses on the industrial aspects of the railway. Thereís a collection of steam and diesel locomotives, vans and coaches, and artifacts.

Lyddington Bede exterior by Barbara Ballard St Andrews church Lyddington Bede by Barbara Ballard Donít miss the village of Lyddington Bede. The village itself is a long high street one with beautiful warm stone houses on either side. Just off the high street is St Andrews church, dating back as far as the 1300s. Right next to it is Lyddington Bede house, once a medieval palace, then an almshouse for the poor. An AV tour tells the story of Lyddington Bede.

Rutland Water view by Barbara Ballard Rutland Water former church by Barbara Ballard Rutlandís most outstanding feature is Rutland Water, Europeís largest man-made lakeóa 3100-acre reservoir with 23 miles of shore. Itís used for windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, and fishing. There are a number of attractions centered around the lake. These include a visitor centre and nature reserve, the Normanton church and museum, and lake cruises. A large peninsula, the Hambleton, juts out into the lake. At the northern end is a nature reserve with bird hides. The British Bird Watching Fair is held here each August.

There are six heritage trails in Rutland accessed by walking or cycling. A guidebook put out by the county council gives details of all the routes. (Tel. 01572 722577)

Rutland Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
Egleton Nature Reserve, Egleton
Tel. 0 1572 770 651

Barnsdale Gardens
The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland
Tel. 0 1572 813 200
Web: Barnsdale Gardens

Lyddington Bede House
Bluecoat Lane, Lyddington, Oakham
7 miles south of Oakham, Rutland; signposted from A6003
Tel. 0 1572 822 438
For more information and photos see our article at Lyddington Bede

Normanton Church Museum
South Shore, Rutland Water
Tel. 0 1572 653 026

Oakham Castle
Catmos St, Oakham, rear of the market place
Tel. 0 1572 758 440

Rutland Belle Lake Cruises
The Harbour, Whitwell Park, North Shore, Rutland Water
Just off the A606 Oakham to Stamford road
Tel. 0 1572 787 630
Web: Rutland Water Cruises

Rutland County Museum
Catmose St, Oakham
Tel. 0 1572 758 440

Rutland Railway Museum
Ashwell Rd, Cottesmore
Tel. 0 1572 813 203
Web: Rutland Railway Museum

Rutland Tourist Information Centres

Oakham
Flore's House, 34 High St, Oakham, LE15 6AL
Tel. 0 1572 724 329

Rutland Water
Sykes Lane, Empingham, near Oakham, LE15 8PX
Tel. 0 1572 653 026

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