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Oakham

The Butter Cross, Oakham Rutland |

County town of Rutland, full of history and great for stylish shopping.


Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity and current holder of a coveted Britain in Bloom award.  Packed with heritage, there’s plenty to see in Oakham which makes it ideal for a day trip or short break in the UK; Rutland County Museum is a great place to start, displaying the fascinating history of the town together with unusual exhibits including a set of gallows! 

A visit to Oakham Castle, by the Market Place, provides the clues to why there is an intriguing collection of over 200 horseshoes hanging from the walls. The architecture of Oakham School is stunning, and a major landmark in the town.  Founded in 1584 it is a highly regarded public school which has seen its fair share of famous pupils.

Wander through the Market Place on a Wednesday or Saturday to find a market selling the best local produce, meats, cheeses, bread and eggs. Look out for the unusual stocks and the town pump beneath the Butter Cross.

If possible, coincide your Rutland holiday with the 3rd Saturday of every month when a Farmers' Market comes to Gaol Street in Oakham.  A host of quality produce direct from the farmer assures quality and less food miles for the consumers’ conscience. This is a great addition to a weekend break in Rutland.

Model rail enthusiasts can admire Oakham Signal Box, used by Airfix as the template for all their models.When it’s time to eat in Oakham, the choice is wide and appealing; dining here is a stylish experience; from cafes and tea bars to restaurants and pub food, there is an excellent range of quality outlets.

View the Pocket Guide to Oakham, which includes a map of Oakham

A great way to see this beautiful town is by following the Oakham Heritage Trail available from the County Museum.

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