The smallest county in England, Rutland has only two towns: Oakham, famed for its castle, and Uppingham, known for  upmarket shopping, galleries and antique shops. At the centre of the county is Rutland Water, a man-made reservoir and nature reserve. Despite being small, Rutland has the motto "much in little" and definitely provides lots to do, including family activities and outdoor pursuits.

Places to visit


Rutland Water, Oakham Castle, Rutland Railway Museum, Rutland Water Nature Reserve.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Peter F Hamilton

Louise Doughty

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