Possibly one of the most famous links to Rutland and a very popular landmark is Rutland Water Nature Reserve. The stunning views, wildlife and conservations keep visitors coming back, eager to learn more about the animals that graze there and the reservoir itself Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with nature, there is also plenty to do. The events rotate as the seasons change so it depends on what time of year you take your trip, but there are workshops and chances to bird watch with knowledgeable wardens, so worth getting in touch with them to find out what is available. If you want to just have a wander round then the reservoir is a great place to start. It was created in 1975 and very slowly and organically began to attract wildlife. Now there are birds, insects and mammals that have made Rutland Water their home, becoming as much a part of the experience as the reservoir. It’s a great place to take children and teach them about nature, and they will surely enjoy seeing the animals in a happy and peaceful environment. If you do decide to have a family day out, then we can help you with the rest of your day. There are many restaurants near Rutland Water, including The Finch’s Arms which is so close that you will get gorgeous views of the reservoir if you choose to dine here! Hambleton Hall Restaurant is another good choice especially for those staying in Rutland for a few days as it is part of Hambleton Hall Hotel and also provides views of the reservoir. Another restaurant close to Rutland Water is Barnsdale Hall Restaurant, serving British Cuisine. We’ve listed the restaurants nearby to Rutland Water within a 15 mile radius so you can enjoy your trip without any hassle.