An interesting county found in the East Midlands of England, Rutland is England's smallest county and U.K.'s fourth smallest county only having towns under Rutland are Oakham and Uppingham, with the former being the county town. It's area spans 16.3mi from North to South and 16.53 from East to West. It was formerly part of Leicestershire and was reinstated as a county in 1997. Their motto "much in little" perfectly describes the vast historic places the county.
Traditions are held high in Rutland and one interesting traditions involves any peers or royalties who pass by Rutland for the first time must give a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor, making the horseshoe an emblem for Rutland. This tradition started more than 500 years ago and is said to continue until today. The Oakham Castle houses the horseshoes, particularly the Oakham Castle Hall and the oldest surviving horseshoe came from Edward IV back in 1470.
Said to be a relaxing rural paradise, Rutland has maintained not only traditions but also many wildlife and picturesque sceneries. The Rutland Water is a famous manmade water reservoir made as a breeding site for ospreys and overwintering sites for wildfowl and offers many activities for everyone. The establishments in the villages are made of stone, which is definitely a sight to see, and the older cottages are made of limestone or ironstone with thatched roofs giving a very eccentric atmosphere. The King's Arms Wing Inn and Restaurant offers terrific traditional food and drinks. With open fires and cobblestone walls, low-beamed ceilings and flagstone floors, the place gives a very traditional feel as they serve food and drinks that you won't find elsewhere.
Oakham Castle – Built around the late 12th century, the Great Hall of the Oakham Castle holds one of the county's rich histories and traditions. Its architecture is one of the finest examples of its kind, with a large collection of commemorative horseshoes and a history to tell.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve – A bird-watching haven, Rutland Water houses a breeding site for the ospreys. The open space gives enough room for cycling and walking as well as a good amount of tranquillity you won't find in any city.
Closest Airport to Rutland: East Midlands Airport – 27.2 Miles
Closest City Centre: Leicester – 16.8 Miles
Closest must see location outside Rutland: Burghely House – 14.7 Miles