Top 42 attractions to explore in Rutland
Rutland is a landlocked county in the East Midlands of England, bounded to the west and north by Leicestershire, to the northeast by Lincolnshire and the southeast by Northamptonshire. It is England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county and is the perfect place to spend time enjoying the great outdoors.
All Saints' Church, Stamford is a parish church in the Church of England, situated in Stamford. It is one of the oldest churches in Stamford. It began as a daughter church of St Peter's, but in the 16th-century St Peter's was closed and the two congregations merged. It was now one of the famous pilgrimage centres in this area and also a torusit attraction too.
The UK’s most exciting Aqua Park featuring the largest collection of bespoke big impact water obstacles. Recently the park has doubled in size and stretched to over 36 new obstacles. The park features climbing walls, trampolines, balance bards, rockers, rollers and some of the UK's biggest splashtastic jumps and slides.
Baldocks Mill is the only remaining mill in the town and is over 200 years old. The building was one of three mills around the site of Bourne Castle. Two water wheels now power Baldock's Mill. Bourne has many famous sons and two of them are featured in displays at the mill.
The Hills and Holes is one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. Covering an area of just 50 acres, the grassy slopes are home to a profusion of wild flowers. This type of meadowland is now all too rare; half of the surviving limestone grassland in Cambridgeshire is found here. In 2002 it was designated as a Special Area of Conservation, to protect the orchid rich grassland as part of the Natura 2000 network of sites throughout the European Union.
Barnsdale Gardens, in Rutland, is Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens designed by Geoff Hamilton, who presented BBC Gardener's World from 1979 until his death in 1996. Its award-winning collection of 38 individually themed garden ‘rooms’ will delight and inspire any gardener or garden-lover. It now covers 8 acres, comprising 37 individual gardens and features.
Bourne War Memorial Gardens is located in Bourne. This memorial garden features floral beds, a stone war memorial and willow trees. Funding has recently been approved for ten memorial stones to be added to the site. The gardens are immaculately kept & a great place to walk.
Bourne Wood offers impressive views over the surrounding pine forests.Much of the wood was formerly heathland at the western end of the Greensand Ridge that was developed privately during the 20th century as commercial conifer plantations. It is also strategically important to the UK film industry as a filming location. Since 1999 numerous films, commercials, television programmes and music videos have been filmed here.
Bowthorpe Oak in Manthorpe near Bourne, Lincolnshire, England is perhaps England's oldest oak tree with an estimated age of over 1,000 years. The tree has a girth of 12.30 metres. The hollow interior had been fitted with seats and has apparently been used as a dining room for 20 people in the past. It was selected as one of 50 Great British Trees selected by The Tree Council in 2002 to spotlight trees in Great Britain in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
Browne's Hospital is a medieval almshouse in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. It was founded in 1485 by wealthy wool merchant William Browne to provide a home and a house of prayer for twelve poor men and two poor women. was established as a home and a house of prayer for 10 poor men and 2 poor woman, with a Warden and a Confrater, both of whom were to be secular.
Cold Overton Park is a summit in the range in England. Cold Overton Park is 197 metres high. All the walking routes up Cold Overton Park on Mud and Routes can be found below. The summit is southwest of the Glebe Farm radio relay mast on the road between Oakham and Knossington, and adjacent to the county boundary with Leicestershire.
Cutts Close Park is the largest park in Oakham and used to be the ponds and garden area of Oakham Castle. It’s a heritage site, in the centre of which is a bandstand. After the Queen’s jubilee in 2012, it was renamed Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Bandstand. The flowers around it are tended by Oakham’s very own Oakham in Bloom.
A small surviving piece of ancient woodland of the formerly extensive primary woodland cover of South Kesteven. A fantastic site for bird spotting and enjoying the many wild plants and flowers. The wood consists mainly of oak standards with hazel coppice. There are also ash, field maple, wych elm and wild service tree. Both common and midland hawthorns can be seen in the understorey.
Easton Walled Gardens were abandoned from 1951 when Easton Hall was demolished. Renovation work on the 12 acres of gardens started in 2002. There is a Yew Tunnel, Cut Flower Garden, Cottage Garden, Turf Maze and two glasshouses. President Franklin Roosevelt described this garden as...'A dream of Nirvana..almost too good to be true.' The garden is as interesting for the planting as its long history.
The Eye Brook is a watercourse in the East Midlands of England and a tributary of the River Welland. It is around 18 miles long. Much of the land surrounding the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a report by English Nature considered the river to be one of the most "natural" in the county having experienced very little human intervention.
Eyebrook Reservoir is a jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England. Surrounded by rolling arable fields, pasture land, spruce, pine and willow trees. This large reservoir straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland. Access is limited but good views of the northern end are available from the road. It was built between 1937 and 1940 by damming the Eye Brook and the site now covers around 200 hectares.
Fort Henry was a five-sided, open-bastioned earthen structure covering 10 acres (0.04 km2) on the eastern bank of the Tennessee River, near Kirkman's Old Landing. The site was about one mile above Panther Creek and about six miles below the mouth of the Big Sandy River and Standing Rock Creek. It was a critical point of defense for the Confederacy, protecting Nashville, Tennessee and the railroad route between Bowling Green, Kentucky and Memphis.
Great Merrible Wood is a 12 hectare nature reserve east of Hallaton in Leicestershire. It is owned and managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, and is part of the Eye Brook Valley Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is semi-natural ancient woodland with several unusual herbs, such as broadleaved helleborine, herb paris and violet helleborine. One of the iconic location for an outing and also for some adventure too.
The Grimsthorpe Castle park was designed by Lancelot Brown and implemented by his patron, the Duke of Ancaster. The garden contains a knot garden, hedged rose gardens, a terrace with herbaceous and shrub borders. There is also a summerhouse designed by Vanbrugh.
Map of attractions in Rutland