Muddy approved attractions in Rutland
From the must-see hot spots in England's smallest county to cool insider alternatives, here's the most unmissable attractions in Rutland.
Whether you live in the county, day tripping or staycaying in the ‘hood, there’s plenty to see and do in England’s smallest county with plenty of Muddy in-the-know intel to help you live it up like a local.
A previous Muddy-award winner this small 18-acre working farm in the market town of Oakham. There’s plenty of farm animals to get to know inc lambs, goats, hens, sheep, fluffy rabbits and guinea pigs in Amy’s Farm Corner and there’s also a play area, plus free parking.
This interactive family-owned small zoo opened in 2012 as a way to get the kids interested in the real teeny super heroes of our world – bugs! There’s over 75 species of invertebrates and reptiles but if you’re not a fan of creepy crawlies *cough* – me then you should perhaps sit this one out. Meanwhile, The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is often overlooked but really shouldn’t be. Get up close and personal with a collection of birds of prey located in 42 acres ancient woodland plus, leopards, a puma and a serval.
Pack a picnic and your bucket and spade and head to this popular hot spot in Rutland Water’s North Shore. The man made beach provides 140 metres of sandy shoreline and ample glistening water for you to paddle and swim in.
These glorious gardens feature a whopping 38 individually designed gardens plus there’s courses and fun events on throughout the year. Green-finger Goddesses will love the garden tour where they can pick up practical tips and take notes of the plants before visiting the onsite nursery – a Chelsea Gold Medal winner BTW!
Quirky and cool accommodation in large, white domes dotted around a gorgeous green field with stunning views. The glamping site lives up to its name as you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere – which by the looks of things, is a great place to be. Your ‘dome’ home comes with comfy furniture, bathrooms, a log burner and plenty of green space so bring your own garden games or simply just soak up the scenery.
Oakham Castle’s Great Hall is a brilliant example of Norman architecture built between 1180 and 1190. Today, the castle can be visited and there’s a tonne of events that go on throughout the year and it’s also makes a stunning wedding venue. Inside, marvel at the unique collection of over 230 ornate ceremonial horseshoes, 12th century sculptures and the six stone musicians made using local stone from Clipsham. It’s also worth taking a jaunt over to visit Holy Cross, Burley-on-the-Hill. This elegant medieval church is a Grade II listed building which contains a beautiful 18th-century memorial to Lady Charlotte Finch – governess to George III’s children and also the inventor of the wooden jigsaw.
Slip, slide, splash and crash in Rutland’s mahooosive Aqua Park. It’s the biggest and the best in the UK located in the north shore of Rutland water. You can climb walls, jump on trampolines, use the balance bards, rockers, blast bags, tackle the BEAST and more. Makes a great day out for big kids and little ones too.
Yew Trees Avenue, Rutland
The fascinating yet tranquil Yew Tree Avenue at Clipsham is over 200 years old, consisting of over 150 clipped Yew Trees in all manner of unusual shapes. Once the carriage driveway to Clipsham Hall, the Avenue, is free to visit and makes a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a picnic.
You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time when you visit Rutland with its pretty stone houses but go back further and visit the county’s museum and look back at archaeology, rural life and exhibits. For little ones there are events, arts, crafts, museum trails and old fashioned games all waiting to be enjoyed. Trainspotters should also visit Rocks By Rail in Cottesmore. Here, you can drive a diesel train for a fiver, explore the locomotion shed and enjoy a lovely little nature trail too.
Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham
Art aficionados will be hard pushed to find a better gallery in the region. Marvel at Matisse, enjoy the remarkable work of Rothenstein and more. Located in the beautiful market town of Uppingham, Rutland, Goldmark Gallery is a family-run business that’s been going for more than 40 years. Once inside, you’ll soon realise that it’s so much more than just an art gallery.