In fact, most of the village lies a little off the road, although it is probably best known for the Rose and Crown, which has served travellers between Leicester and Uppingham for many years.
The ironstone church of St. Catherine dates back to the 13th century.
The parish also contains village churches at Keyham and Hungarton, while in the vicinity there are several deserted villages, including the spectacular Ingarsby, Baggrave, Lowesby and Cold Newton.
Abigail Herrick, the mother of Jonathan Swift, was born here and later lived at Wigston Magna.
A well at Houghton-on-the-Hill was once believed to cure eye problems.