Published December 11, 2022
Things to know about Oakham - Oakham is the county town of Rutland in the East Midlands of England, 25 miles east of Leicester, 28 miles south-east of Nottingham and 23 miles west of Peterborough. From London Heathrow Airport to Oakham it takes two hours of travel. Oakham is to the west of Rutland Water, one of Europe's largest man-made lakes, and in the Vale of Catmose.
Tourist attractions in Oakham include All Saints' Church and Oakham Castle.
Another historic feature is the open-air market held in the town's market place every Wednesday and Saturday. Nearby is the ancient Buttercross with its octagonal stone-slate roof and the wooden stocks – both Grade I listed buildings.
Birmingham and Stansted Airport in Oakham
The Birmingham–Peterborough line runs through the town, providing links to Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport. Oakham railway station is positioned about halfway between Peterborough railway station and Leicester railway station,
at both of which passengers can board trains to London – from Leicester to London St Pancras or from Peterborough to London King's Cross.
There are good road links to Uppingham (6 miles), Melton Mowbray (10 miles), Stamford 11 miles, Leicester (25 miles) and Nottingham (29 miles). The Oakham Canal connected the town to the Melton Mowbray Navigation, the River Soar and the national waterways system between 1802 and 1847.
Most buses in Oakham are operated by Centrebus including the Rutland Flyer to Melton Mowbray.
Oakham - one of the best place to visit
You can’t say you know the UK without knowing its smallest county. And indulged in the luxury of a private BBQ lesson from a Test cricketer accompanied by some local English blueberry wine.
Under two hours from London, Oakham offers luxurious country escapes befitting its self-proclaimed status of the “County of Good Taste” and with a reputation of being one of the least deprived areas of Great Britain.
Oakham in the East Midlands is surrounded by Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. It’s the UK’s smallest historic county and the fourth smallest behind the Isle of Wight, the City of London and the City of Bristol. Oakham Castle was built c.1180–1190 and is one of the nation’s best-preserved Norman buildings.
Oakham has two towns and four rivers – Chater, Eye Brook, Gwash and Welland. Uppingham Market was granted by Charter in 1281 By Edward 1. Tradition as it that any royalty or peers passing through Oakham must present a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor of Oakham. The horseshoe is the official emblem.
1. Stay and dine at Hambleton Hall
Originally built in 1881 as a hunting box for brewer, Walter Marshall, it has 17 elegant rooms and suites and retains atmosphere from the days when socialite Eva Ashley-Cooper used to throw lavish parties.
2. Rutland Water
Kayaks, katakanus, rowing boats, SUPs and canoes are all available from the Watersports Centre at Whitwell. There are also plenty of walks. A whole circuit of the artificial lake is 24 miles. You can learn to fly fish and catch your own trout dinner. Windsurfing and paddleboarding are also available.
3. Dine at the Olive Branch, Clipsham
The award-winning gastro pub offers high-end takes on pub classics and international culinary delights made with locally sourced, seasonal and organic produce, with many fruits and vegetables coming from the venue’s own garden.
4. Pubbing it
The county motto is: “Multum in Parvo” (much in little). And less is certainly more when it comes to small is beautiful pubs. And there are many fine pubs in a very small area. Such as The Blue Ball at Braunston, the sixteenth century Berkeley Arms and the Collyweston stone slate-roofed Fox at North Luffenham.
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