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Oakham Castle

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Address: Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1572 758440
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10:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest Norman Halls...

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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Unusual and interesting visit

Recently restored and free to visit. Not a huge museum but can easily pass an hour or two here. The only remaining building is the Great Hall comprising two rooms plus... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Pukeko54
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently restored and free to visit. Not a huge museum but can easily pass an hour or two here. The only remaining building is the Great Hall comprising two rooms plus facilities. Around the walls are decorative horse shoes presented by visitors as required by the Lord of the manor. The earliest dates from about 1470 with recents ones being... More 

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1 Thank Pukeko54
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited the castle several years ago, what an improvement. It now has toilets and a room for children to dress up etc. The staff are most helpful, The only point it is not too well sign posted from the town center. Ground are being re devoloped

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1 Thank diddydi-do
Oakham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castle is well worth a visit. The information boards are excellent but whenever we have visited ther have always been friendly helpful staff. All ages are catered for.

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Thank Dormy
Swaffham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Literally just a few yards from the market place in Oakham is what remains of Oakham Castle. The great hall is a true delight and very well worth a visit. The entrance was free. It was a really nice place to spend some time looking around.

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Thank TyroneM378
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most asked question according to the knowledgeable staff! A lovely historical site displaying the numerous horseshoes the landed gentry have gifted the town when visiting. The hall is easily accessible with good information, the grounds less accessible with wide stepped stairs to get to the top of the banks. Parking available on site with free entry, good for 1-2... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were doing the Oakham Heritage Trail and visited here as it was on our route. The horseshoes were really interesting, there is an information sheet to read more about it, and a fantastic room off the side for activities with children (Hot drinks provided for adults while children could spend a some time occupied with all the things to... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellently restored great hall and interesting for all ages. Staff extremely informative! Very surprised that entry was free!

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Thank gourmet42
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spend sometime at this location. The guides were very informative and gave us a very good I site into the history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it's not the most jaw-dropping of buildings at first sight but it is a truly unique survivor, and the presentation is superb, from the free entry to the splendid explanatory panels, and above all (if you are as lucky as we were) the fantastically knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer who answers all the questions you weren't actually going to ask!

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1 Thank Mike2trip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

So nice to go somewhere where everyone is so enthusiastic about what they do. And very knowledgable too! Lovely, themed activities for youngsters served up with a genuine desire to entertain and educate, without being at all cheesy. Recommended.

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