Uppingham is a typical English market town in Rutland. It has a market square (market day is on Fridays), a wide variety of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town is also known for antiques; It is home to a number of antique shops, craft, jewellery, and clothes shops, as well as a modern art gallery and a picture framer.
Uppingham is perhaps best known for its public school, which was founded in 1584.
The town's academic heritage enables two or three quality second-hand bookshops to prosper.
In contrast, the Sycamore garage is home to a Harley Davidson and Ducati dealership and showroom - a very popular stop-off point with bikers at weekends.
Uppingham is located around the A6003 main road between Corby to the south and Oakham to the north. The A47 bypasses just to the north of the town and intersects the A6003 at a roundabout.
There is no longer a railway station, but the RF1 "Rutland Flyer" bus service runs to and from Corby and Oakham every hour during the day. The 747 also connects Uppingham with Leicester every hour during the day from Monday to Saturday. A service also exists connecting Uppingham with Stamford. A tourist bus service linking Uppingham and Oakham with various points around Rutland Water was due to commence in summer 2013.
There is free 2-hour on-street parking in the town centre, though on Fridays (market day), many drivers resort to using the Co-op supermarket's car park, or the pay and display car park - both on North Street East.
Uppingham is a small town, and easily traversable on foot.
Taxi services are available throughout Rutland and beyond from Berridge Taxis - the main taxi firm in Rutland, and highly regarded. There is no taxi rank in Uppingham, so taxis must be ordered by phone.
There are six public houses in Uppingham:
- 1 The Falcon Hotel, 7 High St E, LE15 9PY (opposite the market square), ☏ . This is primarily a hotel but they also offer a pleasant upmarket public bar just through the entrance. Alternatively, one can relax in the very comfortable lounge area. There are usually complimentary newspapers and bowls of nuts available in both areas.
- 2 The Crown, 19 High St E, LE15 9PY, ☏ . This is the only pub in town which offers real ale on tap. They also host occasional real ale events and have earned awards for their efforts. Accommodation is available.
- 3 The Vaults, 4 Market Pl, LE15 9QH (overlooking the market square), ☏ . A modernised, formerly-traditional pub, with outdoor seating. Meals are served, and sometimes - if you're lucky - complimentary cheese is left on the bar! If there's one on, this is a good place to watch major (or local) football or rugby matches.
- 4 Don Paddy's, 8 Market Pl, LE15 9QH, ☏ . Also on the market square, this is the nearest thing Uppingham has to a trendy wine bar. Don't expect anything too flash, but do expect a pleasant contemporary atmosphere with some outdoor seating at the front. They also serve coffee and tea.
- 5 The Royal Oak, 9 Queen St, LE15 9QR (on Street, just off the High Street), ☏ . It is very much a locals' pub, but the people there are friendly enough. It does offer a pool table, a small patio garden, and the cheapest drinks in town.
- 6 The Exeter Arms, 3 Leicester Rd, LE15 9SB (A short walk from the market square up High Street West to where it joins Stockerston Road.), ☏ . This is also primarily a locals' pub. It boasts a pool table and patio garden.
- Falcon Hotel, High Street East.
- 1 Garden Hotel, 16 High St West, LE15 9QD, ☏ . With a walled garden
- Lake Isle, 16 High Street East LE15 9PZ, ☏ . Long established restaurant with rooms - stylish and comfy enough but the cuisine is outstanding. B&B double from £90.
- The Crown, High Street East.
- The Marquess of Exeter, 52 Main Street, Lyddington.
To the north Oakham 6 mi (9.7 km), along A6003. To the east Stanford 13.7 mi (22.0 km), along A47.
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