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Normanton Church Museum, Rutland Water

Rutland is an idyllic rural destination offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. While being a relatively hidden gem, Rutland is convenient to reach from all directions as it is situated in the heart of the East Midlands, making it the ideal location for short breaks in the UK

Quietly nestling in the quiet English countryside,  England’s smallest county has much to share with you; not least, fantastic Rutland Water, an array of unspoilt villages and two attractive market towns packed with charm.

Rich in history and full of character, come and discover the delights of this special place; where you will receive a warm welcome and be enchanted by a decidedly English way of life.

Rutland offers a taste of traditional England, undiscovered by many and treasured by a lucky few.

The origin of the name Rutland is controversial and hotly debated. Some say it is named after a local landowner called Rota who owned a large estate in the area. Others say that the name stems from the rich red colour of the soil which is found here, and that, over time the name became Rutland. Unfortunately, it looks set to remain a mystery, as there is no conclusive evidence to prove one story or the other.

From 1974 until 1997, Rutland was part of Leicestershire. However it is now a proudly independent county and in 2017 will celebrate two decades of independence.

To this day, Rutland remains one of the most charming, proud and attractive rural counties in England. You can view a video of Rutland on our home page.

If you have an interest in the landscape of Rutland's countryside and want more information on the flora and fauna you can find in the areas around the county, take a look at the documents below which provide you with interesting detail about what is here...

Vale of Catmose (North-West)

Clay Woodlands (North-East)

Cottesmore Plateau (North-Central)

Eyebrook Valley (South-West)

Ketton Plaeau (South-East)

Leighfield Forest (West)

Ridges and Valleys (Western, Central and Southern)

Rutland Water (Central)

Welland Valley (South-East)

Rutland Highlights

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

The award winning Castle and stunning grounds have been readied for the new season. The Castle, which is the family home of the Saunders Watson...

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