Rutland Water is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe and set in 3,100 acres of countryside it offers outdoor leisure pursuits, a world renowned nature reserve with bird watching and 25 miles of track for cycling and walking. The reserve features 20 bird hides, boasting the first breeding ospreys for 150 years in England and is the home of the British Bird Watching Fair each year in August.

There is a wide range of watersports available at the eastern end of the reservoir including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing and there is trout fishing, both from the shore or from boats that can be hired.

The pleasure cruiser Rutland Belle carries passengers around the lake and there is an outdoor climbing tower.

Visit the Church Museum at Normanton it is a beautiful building and contains archaeological finds as well as the history of Rutland Water.




The Gardens were designed by Geoff Hamilton, who presented BBC Gardener's World from 1979 until his death in 1996.  Barnsdale was a Victorian farmhouse with 5 acres of pasture land when he found the property in 1984. The gardens are open to the public they have a nursery selling plants, a coffee shop and gift shop  -  well worth a visit.



There are five excellent courses to play in Rutland, some situated with breathtaking views over Rutland Water, and each with their own golfing challenges, further details can be obtained from



Barnsdale Country Club is situated on the edge of Rutland Water and has spectacular views. It has a leisure and fitness club, which includes a swimming pool with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, tennis and squash courts, crazy golf, pitch and putt, lawn bowls, gym and health spa. A days membership can be organised at a cost of £15 for Adults and £10 for 5-18 year olds, under 5's are free.



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.  There are daily demonstrations and some birds can be handled.




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.  A small car park gives year round access to the Yew Tree Avenue.



Lyddington Bede House originated as the late medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln. By 1600 it had passed to Sir Thomas Cecil, son of Queen Elizabeth's chief minister, who converted it into an almshouse for twelve poor 'bedesmen'over 30 years old and two women (over 45), all free of lunacy, leprosy or the French pox. Visitors can wander through the bedesmen's rooms, with their tiny windows and fireplaces, and view the former bishops' Great Chamber with its beautifully carved ceiling cornice.






Home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company an award winning company which enacts the plays of Shakespeare in an open air auditorium (with canopy) the stage is set in an enchanting glade, a company of fine actors, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes, the magic of Tolethorpe begins the moment you take your seat. The season runs from June to last week of August - grounds open at 5pm. Box Office:



The Georgian building consist of a fully air conditioned theatre which doubles up as a cinema with digital sound, an exhibition gallery, a multifunctional ballroom, an art room, together with a coffee shop, an ice cream kiosk, a bar in the cellar, box office, tourist information centre & gift shop and plenty of parking 3 minutes walk away in Wharf Road.





Regarded by many as the finest Elizabethan House in England. Built in the 16th Century by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley. This stunning house, extensive grounds and parks are open to the public over the summer period as well as looking round the beautiful house, you can also visit the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop and Garden.


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