The city of Leicester is situated 15 miles to the north, off the A6 and a city brimming with history. The body of King Richard Third was discovered in 2012 buried under a council car park. After a thorough investigation the remains were proven to be those of the last Plantagenet King, killed at the nearby battle site of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485. The Cathedral now houses his tomb and the nearby new museum is a must to visit.
Another town to visit close by is Melton Mowbray.
Made famous for its Melton Mowbray pies and fabulous cheeses including stilton.
Built as a "Folly" by Sir Thomas Tresham, who lived in nearby Rushton Hall, (now a first class hotel.) He was a wealthy landowner during Elizabeth l reign. Thomas Tresham was a devout catholic in the time of protestant England.
Eyebrook Reservoir is a mecca for walkers and trout fishermen/ ladies. A lovely location, it was created before the second world war to provide a plentiful supply of cooling water for the Corby steel works, a vital war effort. The 617 Dambusters Squadron used the dam on the Eyebrook as one of its practice sites prior to the Ruhr valley raids.
Foxton locks are 6 miles away. It consists of a magnificent flight of 10 immaculate working lock gates with a museum and posh pub. Walks along the tow path are to be recommended, canals abound in this area.
These are additional suggestions of places you can visit in the vicinity.
Barnsdale Gardens are 16 miles away. they are the unique creation of the late Geoff Hamilton.
Stamford - 25 miles, step back in time in this beautiful historic town with Burghley house nearby, where the world famous horse trials are held annually.
Kirby Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house dating from 1570 - a real jewel of English Renaissance. Although barely more than an uninhabited and ruinous shell, this fine house still displays many of the ornate external features that formed part of the original building. The house was inhabited for nearly 200 years by the Hatton family.
Rockingham Castle. Built by William the Conqueror over 900 years ago, poised on the hills above the Welland Valley with amazing views over four counties. Visitors to the castle will immediately understand why William ordered a castle to be built there. As well as a fortress it was an important seat of government, the Great Council of Rockingham being held here in 1095.
Althorp has been the stately home of the Spencer family for the best part of 500 years and is the resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. It was built in 1508, and there are 19 rooms in the house open to the public displaying a fine collection of artwork including furniture, pictures and ceramics.
Bosworth (War of the Roses) battlefield visitor centre is within easy reach.
Naseby (English civil war) battlefield visitor centre is within easy reach.
Places to eat drink and make 'merry'
East Langton, The Bell Inn, 4 miles, www.thebellinn-eastlangton.co.uk
Welham, the Red Lion is only 1.5 miles away.
Weston-by-Welland, The Wheel and Compass, 1/2 mile away.
Medbourne, the Neville Arms, 3 miles away
Market Harborough, Choose from Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Spanish cuisine also, Pizzas, takeaways, Bistros and coffee houses. You will be spoilt for choice.
|www.rutlandwatercruises.com||Take a boat trip across Rutland Water|
|Check out the activities around Rutland Water|
|www.eyebrook.com||For a great day's fishing in beautiful surroundings|
|www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk||Beautiful gardens inspired by the late Geoff Hamilton|
|www.rutlandcycling.co.uk||Hire a bicycle and ride around Rutland Water|
|www.ramblers.org.uk||For details of local trails and paths|
|www.burghley.co.uk||A fantastic Elizabethan house|
|www.rockinghamcastle.com||A castle commissioned by William the Conquerer|
|www.english-heritage.org.uk||Find some of the many ancient buildings in Rutland|
|www.rutlandsc.co.uk||Rutland Sailing Club|
|www.quenbyhall.co.uk/||Quenby Hall a Jacobean country house built in 1627|
|www.birdfair.org.uk/||The British Birdwatching fair, largest international birdwatching event|
|Rutland water Osprey project|
|www.birdsofbritain.co.uk||The monthly web magazine for bird watchers|
|The ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland|
|www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk||Stamford Shakespeare Festival - Rutland Open Air Theatre|