Head to Oakham Castle, the finest surviving example of Norman domestic architecture in Europe, to soak up its rich history. Built between 1180 and 1190, admire the castle’s most impressive surviving structure: the Great Hall of the Castle, where banquets and courts would have been held. Famed for its unique collection of over 230 ornate ceremonial horseshoes donated by Peers of the Realm, and with horseshoes dating back to 1470, the Great Hall is a remarkable reminder of times gone by.
Check out Rockingham Castle, which overlooks the Welland Valley and countryside beyond. Feel at peace in a Castle surrounded by magnificent gardens and stunning grounds that provide a haven of serenity. Learn the history of this Castle, built on the instructions of William the Conqueror to dominate the Welland Valley, but now a family home for the last 450 years. Admire the home’s antique fixtures, from the Butler’s Pantry and magnificent old kitchen to the grand ‘up stairs’ rooms with paintings, furniture, clocks and dramatic chandeliers.
A hidden gem in the countryside south of Rutland, Fineshade Wood is the perfect motorhome destination, providing a picturesque setting for your next adventure. Hire bikes for a family bike ride, or take a leisurely stroll through the tress. Let your curiosity roam as you explore the great outdoors. Admire art projects showcased at The Arches or take a short detour from the Dales Wood trail to find a secluded haven for wildlife enthusiasts. View birds such as the Red Kite or coal tits on the feeders or possibly deer on the lawn in the distance.
Delve into Barnsdale Gardens, home to 38 pocket-sized, themed garden ‘rooms’ – from ponds full of tadpoles and newts, to allotments with chickens and giant vegetables. Watch hundreds of birds on feeders scattered throughout the site, relax by a sunny border buzzing with bees and butterflies, or enjoy a slap-up lunch or afternoon tea out on the lawn. Head to Rutland Water to enjoy an abundance of local wildlife. Wander through the woods and listen out for the drumming of nearby woodpeckers, or the singing of thrushes and fiery wrens. Admire wildflower meadows that stretch deep into the woodlands, as you tiptoe among snowdrops and bluebells.