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Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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Charming place with horseshoes

Oakham Castle is not so much of a castle as a hall which has also served as a court. There are a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
north luffenham
via mobile
Don't miss this gem

A part of the historic fabric of this beautiful bucolic county of Rutland. Horseshoe shaped... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
William P
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“free entry” (9 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Oakham Castle is not so much of a castle as a hall which has also served as a court. There are a couple of display boards to explain the place and there were various bits for children. And then there are the horseshoes which are...More

1  Thank pad4535
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A part of the historic fabric of this beautiful bucolic county of Rutland. Horseshoe shaped mementos left by every visiting peer of the realm in honour of the lord of the manor. Recently renovated. Family friendly. Wheelchair accessible.

1  Thank William P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Met at the door by a gentleman welcoming us there. A room full of horseshoes. A cafe was advertised but it was someone making you a cup of coffee if you really wanted one. Very disappointing.More

Thank elandtel1
Management response:Responded 3 days ago

We're sorry to hear you weren't impressed by Oakham Castle. As an 827 year old Norman Great Hall we like to think it's pretty special. It forms the centerpiece of walled bailey probably dating back to Saxon times and the addition of over 230 commemorative...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very unusual castle - not huge but very interesting because of the horseshoe collection. One of the volunteers, Jim, showed us round and gave an excellent explanation of the history of the place and the horseshoe collection. He was clearly very proud...More

2  Thank Antal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today whilst visiting Oakham. Interesting little castle, with a different layout to what we normally think of castles. Great to see the tradition of horseshoes inside from various people throughout the ages. Great to visit and it's free to enter.

1  Thank Lana D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Oakham Castle in the past but on our lastest visit last week, we found the volunteer guide "James" easily approachable, very informative a so made this visit the best one yet! Thoroughly recommend this experience.

1  Thank Madge-and-Norm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth a look around. The history behind the horseshoe collection is fascinating along with the history of the court room. It is worth listening to one of the guides explain the background and history.

1  Thank ChrisGandTheBean
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of horseshoes hung on the wall. Often has children colouring or play toys available . Its only small and you can either be minutes or half hour. But outside is lovely for picnics with a few table available or lots of open grass. Right...More

1  Thank Hayley2504
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area I would recommend a visit to Oakham Castle which is the remaining (and well renovated) Great Hall decorated with hundreds of horseshoes which have been presented over the centuries including one from the Queen. Entry is free and in...More

1  Thank GailW2100
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Shelter on a rainy day proved surprisingly interesting. Its not a castle in the scheme of other well known castles, but a fascinating historical building all the same, with very enthusiastic staff who explained about the unique horseshoe collection, and building history. Free to enter,...More

2  Thank Dave C
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