Normanton Church

The Midlands & the Marches

Jutting into the lake, this quaint church is saved from inundation by a limestone barrier wall. Inside are displays on the history of the Rutland reservoir. Many concerts and private events such as weddings take place here, so check ahead to make sure it's open.

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Nearby The Midlands & the Marches attractions

1. Lyndon Visitor Centre

2.44 MILES

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2. Rutland Water Nature Reserve

3.36 MILES

Near Oakham, the Rutland Water Nature Reserve has 31 hides throughout the reserve and a viewing section upstairs in the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre,…

3. St Mary's Church

6.08 MILES

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4. Burghley House

7.21 MILES

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5. Woolsthorpe Manor

11.25 MILES

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6. Belvoir Castle

18.45 MILES

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7. Belton House

20.52 MILES

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8. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

21.28 MILES

Highlights of this grand Victorian museum include the dinosaur galleries, the painting collection (with works by Turner and Degas), ceramics by Picasso,…