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“Not your normal castle”
Review of Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Oakham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 16 April 2018

This is nithing like you expect from the name, it is essentially a building within a fortified structure akin to a great hall.

It is a crown court, as Rutland needs one as a county in its own right.

It’s biggest claim to fame are the horseshoes every noble that visits the town must leave a horseshoe at the castle, most of which are on display on the walls, there are a number missing over the last couple of hundred years but the collection is impressive, and there is no standard size apparently only two are “proper” horseshoes

The volunteers are enthusiastic, helpful, and knowledgeable this makes them proud of the work that they do and it shows

Well worth taking the time to look around.

Clearly other things go on from time to time, archery in the grounds and during our visit there was another archaeological dig going on (Time team where there in2012.

2  Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We visited the Oakham Town Partnership Food Fair in Oakham - about 70 stalls with every variety of food imaginable including Jamaican Street Food. Some of the stalls were arranged around the entrance to Oakham Castle - which is actually a Norman fortified manor house. More stalls were inside. Spoke to some of the Castle staff and was told that last year, the Castle renovation was completed at a cost of over £2 million GBP. The walls of the Castle are adorned with an amazing collection of horseshoes which have been presented by passing royalty down the centuries. There is a monochrome photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince Phillip. The display of horseshoes is huge and very impressive. Well worth a visit - and one can get married here!! BTW, food was great too.

1  Thank SKE686
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Well with a quick visit, the grounds are always good for a picnic in the summer. The horseshoes are interesting too.

1  Thank Johanna S
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

I had no idea there was a castle in Oakham although in truth its more of an ancestral hall rather than the typical castle. easy to drive past, and walk past, so make sure you take time to check it out. Free entry, and a very interesting history makes it a good visit and although not the largest of sites its a great way to enhance a visit to the town.

1  Thank MalcH
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

My god this place has changed since I last visited!
Touch screen information screens and information displays were brilliant and the extension at the back with plenty for children to do was just brilliant.
My daughter was dressed as a horse, a dragon, a princess and gave us a puppet show while we were looking at the nearby displays.
Would definitely recommend.

1  Thank Mark S
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