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Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England
+44 1572 758440
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Interesting visit

Oakham Castle, while not a castle in the traditional sense of the word, is a fascinating place to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christiane R
Nice earthworks.

We popped in here as we'd come to Oakham for the day. It's a very fine building - but "castle" is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Louise B
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The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest Norman Halls in England. The Hall is best known for its collection of enormous commemorative Horseshoes donated by members of the Royal Family and Peers of the Realm. It is also decorated with a range of 12th century sculptures. The grounds of the Castle are a peaceful oasis in the centre of Oakham. Following extensive refurbishments, the Castle now features improved facilities and activities for families.
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Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oakham Castle, while not a castle in the traditional sense of the word, is a fascinating place to visit with its collection of horse shoes. The lady guide welcomed us warmly and gave us some fascinating insights into the collection and history of the building.as...More

Thank Christiane R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in here as we'd come to Oakham for the day. It's a very fine building - but "castle" is misleading. It's a Norman domestic barn. Lovely timber frame inside. The actual castle remains are outside. The extant building is located inside a motte...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oakham Castle has,not long ago, been given a facelift. The collection of horseshoes given by peers Of The Realm who past through Rutland are well worth seeing. Different event throughout the year take place in the grounds.

1  Thank Garychriskev
Reviewed 7 December 2017

It was wet so I paid a second visit many years after the first. It hasn't changed and it is still boring. It is NOT a castle in the sense of being a fortified place. It's a big old hall with lots of horseshoes, put...More

Thank Ken O
Reviewed 30 November 2017

We found this attraction to be of only average interest to casual visitors, like ourselves. The horse shoes are unusual and the the history of the grounds is worth checking out but if we had travelled far to see Oakham Castle, it would have been...More

Thank Kedi2010
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Firstly, it doesn't LOOK like a castle. The grounds and building are though, nice. On a sunny day sit and relax

Thank TheUBoatcommander
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Attracted by the Silk Route exhibition we entered the castle "remains" to find a fantastic Norman Hall which was built around 1200 AD. It is still sometimes used as a Courthouse. Of particular and special note are the large horseshoe shaped emblems. Each has been...More

Thank BelfastJames007
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We visited Oakham Castle today whilst there was an event going on - The Silk Route Festival. We were extremely impressed. There were a number of actors dressed in superbly detailed costumes who were able to speak SO knowledgeably about the history of trading as...More

1  Thank jentraff123
Reviewed 18 October 2017

A fascinating visit to this gem of a place, essentially the Great Hall, a superb ancient building with its unique collection of horseshoes (primarily artificial/ceremonial, but donated by the great and the good). What made it so interesting was our chats with the volunteer staff,...More

2  Thank mikebutler46
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Walked in there were lots of little craft stalls, had a walk round then got chatting to the 2 ladies on the knitting stall which they make themselves, the were lovely & friendly & could have talked to them all day. Just made the visit...More

1  Thank Ian81
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