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Discover Rutland


Discover Rutland is the destination and promotional brand for tourism in Rutland.

Rutland is one of the best kept secrets of the English countryside and is absolutely brimming with things to see and do whether you are a resident or visitor.  In fact, the county motto is 'Multum In Parvo', which means 'Much in Little'.

Where to Stay

There is an excellent choice of holiday and short break accommodation on offer in Rutland from camping, glamping, self-catering cottages and family friendly hotels.

Things to Do

Exploring our market towns

Rutland is home to two beautiful market towns offering a great choice of boutique shops, bookshops, antique shops, fine art galleries, tearooms and restaurants.

In Oakham you can discover the hidden gems around town, starting at the excellent Rutland County Museum, it takes you to the many historical buildings around the town including Oakham Castle.

Uppingham is the smallest town in Rutland and is a quintessential English market town that has kept its old traditions and traders. The majority of shops are still family run with unique retailers hidden away along ancient alleyways. 

Out and About

Rutland Water is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe and an amazing spot for every type of watersport.  Set in 4200 acres of open countryside, Rutland Water lies at the very heart of the county and is as spectacular in beauty as it is in size.  Created in the 1970’s to meet an ever increasing demand for water,  nowadays it’s widely regarded as a leading centre for water and land based leisure activities and has year round appeal for fishermen, cyclists, sailors and bird watchers.  Whether you bring the family, come on your own, or in a group, there’s something for everyone to enjoy all year round with an extensive programme of activities on or off the water.

Cycling and Walking

The whole county is excellent for cyclists and walkers; with beautiful scenic routes going all around and crisscrossing the county. The Rutland Round is a complete tour of the perimeter of the county totalling 65 miles.
If that sounds a bit daunting, there are plenty of shorter walking or cycling routes to discover too.  The route around Rutland Water is a must with lots of country pubs or waterside cafes to stop off for a break or to take in the scenery.

Cycling and Walking Festivals take place in early summer offering you a chance to sample the delights of Rutland.


Rutland is scattered with exquisite and historic gardens and even has one of the last remaining turf mazes in England at Wing Maze.

Barnsdale Gardens is the most famous garden attraction in the county featuring a magnificent 38 gardens built by Britain’s best loved gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton, star of Gardener’s World. `

Arts , Theatre and Music

Art, Culture and Leisure events take place throughout the year. Keep up-to-date with what's on in and around Rutland throughout the year, whether you're looking for outdoor activities and events, relaxation or entertainment.

What’s on Guide

Food and Drink

Rutland prides itself on the quality of its Food & Drink, with award winning restaurants throughout the County. If a relaxing pint is what you’re after, Oakham has its very own brewery: The Grainstore Brewery offers real ale drinkers a real treat, pop in and sample the many brews on tap.

Rutland may be small but it is home to many restaurants demonstrating the pinnacle of culinary expertise.  Hambleton Hall has held its Michelin Star for over 20 years and is one of Britain’s finest country house hotels, with a spectacular lakeside setting it is a haven for gourmet and wine lovers.

The Olive Branch pub in Clipsham is a traditional country pub which consistently wins awards.  In summer enjoy a seasonal drink or two outside and in winter take your place in the warmth of the pub by a roaring log fire and choose from the widely acclaimed menu. The Kings Arms Inn is fast becoming one of Rutland’s top eateries; with its own smokehouse, the team are passionate about creating and serving good, honest food using very local produce and this has been recognised by achieving 2 AA rosettes.

Our Farmers Markets

In Oakham, the Farmers’ Market takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month, so if you want to reduce your food miles and be assured of the origins of your meat this is the place to shop.  In between the Farmers Markets, regular markets still provide top quality local fruit, vegetables and other goods to local people. Oakham has a weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays plus Uppingham and Stamford's market days are Friday.

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