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Pocket Guide: Oakham

The county town of Rutland is a lovely, traditional English market town and winner of the prestigious Britain in Bloom Award. There are plenty of attractions here and many different accommodation options, whether your preference is for a B&B, family-run guesthouse or plush hotel. The surrounding countryside is famous for its rolling hills and cycling routes, so lovers of the great outdoors will have a wealth of activities to enjoy here and there are lots of additional attractions such as Oakham Castle nearby.

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The Market Place is Oakham’s traditional gathering site for doing local business, and with the castle right next to it the atmosphere is one of Old England at its most atmospheric. The castle is famous for its huge collection of horseshoes attached to the walls, and with Oakham School’s equally intriguing façade close by there are plenty of architectural delights for the visitor. The school was founded back in 1584 and has had a number of famous pupils, including actors, broadcasters and sports personalities. If you’re based at a hotel or B&B in Oakham you can spend a pleasant afternoon just wandering around this delightful and historic part of town.

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Rutland is famous for its fresh seasonal food, and if you ‘re in Oakham on a Wednesday or Saturday you’ll find the market busy as usual and selling a range of meats, cheeses, eggs, freshly baked bread and cakes, and other local produce. After a look around the market you can enjoy afternoon tea and more cakes in the high street, or if you prefer you can enjoy a pint or two at one of the local pubs. Beneath the Butter Cross you’ll find the town stocks, now more popular with tourists than with fruit-wielding crowds come to pelt felons!

Model railway enthusiasts come here to see the famous Oakham Signal Box, which Airfix used as the original template for all their popular models.

Oakham makes the perfect getaway for a weekend or longer break. The town is compact and full of interest, and you can easily access the rest of Rutland from here.