Historic Market Harborough is known for its beauty, wealth of good quality independent shops, indoor market and more than its fair share of nice places to eat and drink.
The centre of the town is dominated by the steeple of St. Dionysius Parish Church which rises directly from the street, as there is no church yard. It was constructed in grey stone in 1300 with the church itself a later building of about 1470. Next to the church stands the Old Grammar School, a small timber building dating from 1614.
Market Harborough Golf club accepts visiting players.
Uppingham is 7 miles away, Market Harborough 7, Oakham 15 and Stamford 20. All well worth a visit and boasting lovely independent shops and boutiques.
Enjoy shopping amongst honey-coloured buildings in a distinctly charming English market town. A wealth of history and a host of excellent shops can be found in Rutland’s smaller market town of Uppingham - the town's weekly market is held on a Friday.
Uppingham is blessed with a range of specialty shops and traditional retailers, many of which are still family owned and run. For browsing around antiques shops, Uppingham hits the mark perfectly allowing you to meander around the town for hours, finding hidden gems on every corner. Unique items available in Uppingham including glass, china, cutlery, silver, jewellery, maps, furniture, mirrors, coins and much more.
Art is very important to Uppingham. A number of art galleries show pieces worth large sums of money. Visitors come from far and wide to admire and appreciate the pieces on offer.
You can also find great places to eat around the town, catering for a range of tastes and pockets!
Oakham, full of history and great for stylish shopping.
Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity and packed with heritage, there’s plenty to see in Oakham which makes it ideal for a day. 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.
Stamford is widely regarded at one of the finest stone towns in England, it was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film, it has bags of charm, character and year round appeal too. Stamford really bustles with life, especially on Friday which is market day, when the pavements are packed with eager shoppers stocking up on local veg, meats and fresh fish.
Stamford always offers corners of peace and quiet. Tranquillity is guaranteed on the banks of the River Welland which winds its way through Stamford enroute to The Wash; take a seat here for a while and admire the wildlife.
Shopping is a real pleasure in Stamford; narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards are home to speciality shops, fine jewellers and designer boutiques, while the High Street has a great choice of independent and recognised retailers.
When it's time to eat you'll be spoilt for choice, as the town has a reputation for good food. Head to a cosy cafe and watch the world go by over the rim of your tea cup, or enjoy the surroundings of the many traditional inns serving home cooked fayre. The George of Stamford is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike, an old coaching inn that offers the perfect escape, enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea in the lounge or courtyard, or a magnificent meal in the oak panelled restaurant.
There is a huge range of attractions in and around Stamford, don't miss the majestic Burghley House, a breathtaking Elizabethan stately home which is still privately owned. You may recognise Burghley House from its many appearances on the big screen, including The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice when it played the home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh!
RUTLAND WATER & EYEBROOK
Rutland Water is one of the largest man made reservoirs in Europe. Activities include sailing, approximately 26 miles of cycle trails, fishing & birdwatching, pleasure cruises on the Rutland Belle, it is open all year. Try the seasonal Aqua Park - it's fantastic for all ages!
Eyebrook Reservoir is approximately 4 miles from Medbourne and offers fishing by prior arrangement. Another lovely area for walking.
The Village of Lydington near Stoke Dry/Eyebrook features two pubs, The Marquess of Exeter & The White Hart - both offering extensive menus, real ales, fine wines and offer alfresco dining too!
The Marquess of Exeter has a deli on site.
What to do on rainy days!
Market Harborough Leisure Centre
Market Harborough's Mini Mischief's in Market Harborough (6 miles)
Zizzi's & Pizza Express, Market Harborough
Individual shops, A visit to Church Street is a must!
Croft Wingates Gallery, St Mary's Road
St Mary's Road, Antique Centre
Corby Cinema & Prezzo (6 miles)
Corby International Swimming Pool
Skateboarding in Corby
Uppingham Swimming Pool
Uppingham Antiques Centre
Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens
Deene Hall - Park & Gardens