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Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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A little gem

A fascinating visit to this gem of a place, essentially the Great Hall, a superb ancient building... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Loved it.

Walked in there were lots of little craft stalls, had a walk round then got chatting to the 2... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

1  Thank mikebutler46
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank Ian81
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just visited after their lottery funded restoration. Walk around the grounds and appreciate the views from different angles with All Saints Church in the background, lovely. The Grand hall itself is looking fantastic, just imagining the goings on throughout its history, all assisted by a...More

Thank FennJR
Reviewed 1 week ago

Remember this as a bit dark and dingy years ago but has just reopened after a refurbishment. Nice and bright now with good lighting. Free entry and a helpful guide if you need to ask a question. Information boards also useful. Well worth looking at...More

Thank PipeTheStill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see for all travellers to Rutland...this building is simple yet majestic with over 800 years of history...

Thank fredericmassey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oakham Castle is a great place to visit. It was built between 1180 and 1190 and has a fascinating history with over 230 horseshoes hanging in the Castle, the oldest of which dates to 1470. There are activities for children too with interactive computer programmes...More

Thank JH41
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this place if you are new to Oakham. Free entry and welcoming piece of local history. Good place for children to explore history and design a crest. Clean toilets and disabled friendly though no parking for general public.

Thank Dee P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful surroundings, lush park, quaint town and staff in the castle were incredibly helpful. The castle has been restored tastefully, so many horseshoes to look at and so much history behind them. Lots of activities for kiddies and a bit of dressing up. Oakham is...More

Thank Alison514
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to Oakham Castle is must if you are visiting Oakham. This is a great hall of a fortified manor house built between 1180 and 1190. It contains over 200 horseshoes given as forfeits to the Lord of the manor by peers of the...More

Thank Lindyloo2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Famed for its collection of over 230 horseshoes donated by royalty and the aristocracy, the Norman Great Hall of Oakham Castle is truly unique. The oldest horseshoe dates from 1470 and the latest was donated in 2017. The Great Hall has also been a court...More

1  Thank DunelmArts
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