Places to visit

……plan your explorations of Castles, Stately Homes and Gardens

Rutland is England’s smallest county and is an idyllic rural destination to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life

Rutland Water

Rutland Water is set within three thousand acres of beautiful countryside on the borders of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The reservoir was built in the 1970’s to supply water to the growing populations and industry in the East Midlands. It now also offers a range of outdoor leisure pursuits, a world renowned nature reserve and 25 miles of track for cycling and walking

The internationally famous nature reserve provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries.   There is over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres and is home to the British Bird Watching Fair each year in August

Ospreys breed in and around Rutland water and are regularly seen over the reservoir between April and September

Hire a bike and cycle through the beautiful countryside, along traffic-free tracks, purpose built, nature spotting and enjoying the fresh air.

Thrilling high ropes, climbing, abseiling and more, all in one welcoming outdoor activity centre on the North Shore of Rutland Water at Whitwell!

Rutland Sailing School specialises in dinghy and catamaran sailing offering training and instruction for a range of abilities by professional staff .

Enjoy trout fishing from the shore or from hired boats. Have an introduction to fly fishing and receive friendly, helpful tuition. Or for more experienced anglers arrange to fish with a world class expert

Enjoy the scenery from the water by taking a boat trip on the Rutland belle. Depart from Whitwell on the North shore and call at Normanton South shore to enable you to spend some time on the opposite shore. Or why not book a place on one of the Osprey and Wildlife cruises.

Barnsdale Gardens

These gardens, designed by Geoff Hamilton the former presenter of BBC Gardner’s World until his death in 1996, are open to the public. There is also a nursery selling a range of plants, a coffee shop and a gift shop.

Barnsdale Country Club

Situated on the west shore of Rutland Water it has spectacular views whilst enjoying pitch and putt or lawn bowls. Other outdoor activities include tennis, crazy golf and children’s outdoor play area. The leisure and fitness club within the complex has a swimming pool, steam room and Jacuzzi, gym and health spa. A days membership is required and can be organised to used all of these facilities.

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

View at close proximity a collection of both native and foreign birds of prey, sit and listen to the songbirds, stroll further on into the various habitats via grassy woodland walks and open field perimeter tracks to delight with the sights and sounds of woodland animals, wildlife and plant species.

Local Towns

local towns




Visit the market town of Stamford. Stroll around the small shops and open market stalls taking in the architecture of the 19?? stone buildings. Enjoy lunch in one of the eateries or take afternoon tea at the George Hotel. In the evening enjoy a drink followed by dinner in one of the many restaurants that cater for a wide range of ethnic foods.

Stamford Arts Centre

The centre provides a variety of theatre, music, film, dance and art and also accommodates the tourist information centre and gift shop in the Georgian building located near to the pedestrianised High Street with parking nearby.  A variety of hot and cold snacks are available in the coffee shop and the Cellar Bar is open in the evenings to enjoy a drink.

Burghley House

Take a tour around this stunning 16th century house built by the first Lord Burghley, William Cecil. Explore the gardens and enjoy a walk in the grounds before taking lunch or afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant

Easton Walled Gardens, Near Stamford

01476 530063

Discover the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of Lincolnshire’s ‘lost garden’. Have a light lunch or a homemade cake in the tearoom and browse the shop stocked with seasonal gifts. Postcode: NG33 5AP


Box office: Stamford Arts Centre or visit

The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays in June, July and August, on an open air stage, in the enchanting grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall. Enquire about ticket availability at Stamford Art Centre or book online

Sacrewell Farm

This working farm has something to please everyone whatever the weather– farm animals, tractor rides, 18th century watermill, wildlife trails and rambles, indoor playbarn and outdoor play park

English Heritage

Bede House Lyddington

National Trust

Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire

01476 566116

A classic English country-house estate set in formal Italian and Dutch gardens and a deer park. The estate also includes a restaurant, cafe, indoor play area and outdoor adventure playground, gift and garden shop. Postcode: NG32 2 LS

Woolsthorpe Manor, Water Lane, Woolesthorpe by Colsterworth, Lincolnshire

01476 860338

Visit the family home and birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton and see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts about gravity and where he made important discoveries about light and gravity. Postcode: NG33 5PD


Local Attractions
Rutland Water
water sports
Fishing at Rutland Water
Easton walled garden
Belton House
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