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Rutland Days Out


At 20 miles across, Rutland may be England's smallest county, but when it comes to entertaining visitors, this rural English county which fairly recently divorced itself from Leicestershire , has lots to do. Not only do its two principal market towns, Oakham and Uppingham provide a wealth of interesting attractions and activities, but the two towns are surrounded by over forty unique and picturesque 'chocolate box' villages which each have their own appeal for visitors, as well a fantastic choice of quaint country pubs and hotels all offering a warm welcome.


Rutland Railway Museum, Cottesmore (11 miles from holiday cottage)

Rutland Railway MuseumThey are an open-air Museum based in the heart of the rural East Midlands where the now extinct industry of home iron ore production is preserved for visitors. Its open air site hosts a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives, wagons and vans together with drag lines and excavators. There is also an indoor Museum telling the story of ironstone quarrying in the area and of the giant dragline "Sundew", at its time the largest dragline in the World. There is a cafe available for drinks and snacks plus small gift shop.
Open: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11.00am to 4.00pm for general viewing. Admission Price: Admission Free, but as they are a charity ask for a donation except steam days when: Adults: £5,Concessions: £3
They have special event days please go to their website for more information.
01572 813203


Barnsdale Gardens, Exton (10 miles away from holiday cottage)

Barnsdale GardensBarnsdale Gardens, familiar to millions of BBC 2 viewers as the home of Geoff Hamilton and Gardeners' World, comprises of 37 individual smaller gardens and features that all blend together by the linking borders into one 8 acre garden. There is also a cafe, gift shop and a large specialist nursery.
For more information please go to :
01572 813200


Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre, Exton

Rutland FalconryOpen to young and old for a gentle stroll round the many birds on display and further on into the various habitats via grassy woodland walks and open field perimeter tracks the centre will delight with the sights and sounds of woodland animals.
Get close to a bird of prey, weather permitting – witness them in flight, photograph them, take binoculars and catch a glimpse of the many fallow deer, muntjac, foxes, badgers and other mammals or simply sit and listen to the birdsong and enjoy a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It is open 7 days a week:
Summer 10am until late (if visitors are still at the centre)
Winter from 10am until 4pm (last admission)
Prices: Adults - £5.00 , Snr Citizens £3.50
07778 152814


The Rockblok, Whitwell


The Rockblok is Rutland's premier Outdoor Adventure Centre. Located on the north shore of Rutland Water near the village of Whitwell. At the Rockblok they specialise in providing challenging and exciting experiences in a safe, friendly environment. Their High Ropes Adventure Course provides an aerial challenge to test your nerves. The 8 metre high, outdoor climbing and abseil tower, has routes for novice and experienced climbers. As part of Rutland Cycling they also offer a wide range of climb, high ropes and bike package deals. The Rockblok has all you need for an enjoyable, challenging day out.
01780 460060


Normanton Church Museum

Normanton ChurchSituated on the south-shore of Rutland Water, you can use the Normanton car park and take a pleasant stroll along the lake shore path towards the Dam. Normanton church is about half a mile along this track.
Opening Times:
April – Sep: Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Weekend and Bank holiday 11am – 5pm
October: Mon to Fri half term and weekends 11am – 4pm
01780 686800.
Adults - £2
Concession - £1


Rockingham Forest

The Royal Forest of Rockingham, a medieval hunting forest, is a beautiful patchwork of ancient woodlands and open agricultural land with historic features and attractive stone-built forest villages. Today the Forest offers visitors plenty of routes for walking, cycling and riding of which the following are part of :

  • Wakerley Great Wood
    This is an historic ancient woodland. The car park is set amongst majestic larch and includes a large grassed area for games and picnicing. A permanent orienteering course, all-ability woodland path, and a longer waymarked trail all leave from the car park. The woodland contains rich and diverse archaeological remains. The oldest features are two extremely rare Bronze Age cairns. The waymarked walk follows the medieval boundary of Wakerely Great Park - remnants of the 13th century deer park. The wood is gradually being reverted to native broadleaf woodland under the 'Ancient Woodland Project'. (approx 4 miles from the holiday cottage)
  • Fineshade Woods
    The site offers visitors a unique opportunity to get inside the local environment, to explore it, to see local wildlife up close, and learn about local crafts and the heritage of the area. The visitor centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm summer, 4pm winter. You can walk or cycle the trails then refresh yourself at the Lodge Cafe, or browse in the RSPB shop. There are a host of activities and events throughout the year for people of all ages to enjoy. (approx 5 miles from the holiday cottage)
  • Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve
    Bedford Purlieus is an historic ancient woodland in the Soke of Peterborough. The wood was declared a National Nature Reserve by English Nature in 2000, in recognition of its importance as a species-rich semi-natural native woodland. The wood is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country. Limited car parking facilities are available, and the wood is open for quiet recreation.
  • Fermyn Woods
    Fermyn Woods are ancient woodlands containing semi-natural oak and ash woods, along with conifer plantations. The woods were managed as coppices for many centuries, a practice that will begin again as the woods are converted to semi-natural broadleaf woodland under the 'Ancient Woodland Project'. Part of the Country Park, which includes a former ironstone quarry, is managed by Northamptonshire County Council. The Country Park has a large pay and display car park, visitor centre and toilets. Refreshments are available when the Visitor Centre is open. Waymarked trails, including an all-ability access route leave from the visitor centre. The Fermyn Forest Walk takes visitors up into the woods. The wood has been mapped for orienteering, and leaflets are available from the visitor centre.
  • Southey Wood
    Southey is a mixed woodland, with majestic oaks. The wood is in the Soke of Peterborough, and was once included in the medieval Royal Forest of Rockingham


Rutland Water Cruises: Rutland Belle, Whitwell

Rutland Water CruisesCruises on the Rutland Belle enable visitors to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest (hearing loop available in lower salon). Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers at any one time, with accommodation for 60 in two covered all-weather saloons. Drinks are available on board, and meals can be bought from nearby cafes and restaurants. Rutland Water and 'Rutland Belle' are proud to have been recent Silver Award winners in the English Tourist Board's 'England for Excellence – Tourism for All' awards and to have been acknowledged by the Rutland Access Group for providing easy access.
The embarkation point is at The Harbour, Whitwell
Open from Friday 2nd April to Sunday 31st October
Please contact direct for sail times and pricing.
01572 787630


National Space Centre , Leicester (23 miles from holiday cottage)

National Space CentreWelcome to the National Space Centre, the UK's largest space visitor attraction.
Voted large visitor attraction of the year 2009. Journey through the six hands-on galleries and sit back in awe in the UK's largest planetarium, as we take you on a voyage of discovery in the 360° fulldome experience.
Challenge yourself in over 150 interactive experiences and travel through three floors in the glass lifts in the 42m high Rocket Tower.
Whatever the weather, enjoy a day of breathtaking discovery and interactive fun for all. Please look at their website for opening times and pricing.



Rutland County Museum

Rutland County Museum and Visitor Centre is the perfect introduction to England's smallest county.
The "Welcome to Rutland" display tells the story of the county, and compliments displays of archaeology, history and rural life.
'The Visitor Information Area' holds the latest information about other events and activities in the area and their 'Award Winning Garden' is worth seeing at any time of year.
Opening Times
Tue - Fri 10.00 - 5.00
Sat 10.00 - 4.00
Sun & Mon – Closed
Bank Holiday Mondays - 10.00 - 4.00
We are closed at Christmas, New Year and on Good Friday.
Admission free
01572 722577