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Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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A visit to Oakham Castle is must if you are visiting Oakham. This is a great hall of a fortified... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Solihull, United Kingdom
Every horseshoe tells a story

Famed for its collection of over 230 horseshoes donated by royalty and the aristocracy, the Norman... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
+44 1572 758440
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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

Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed 4 days ago

A visit to Oakham Castle was made after receiving an update on renovation work. The work has exposed the curtain walls in greater detail than before and a facelift of the Great Hall and it's contents including new facilities has made it more interesting. Do...More

Thank Roverboy66_11
Reviewed 4 days ago

...perhaps better described as horseshoe shaped emblems of the royals and their ilk are to be found in the Castle. Hundreds of them dating back hundreds of years. Well worth a visit if you can find it. Poorly sign posted, you can wander passed it...More

Thank GeeWizzz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If in Oakham it is worth a visit but I would not travel miles to visit what is a Norman Hall not what you would expect a castle to be. The building is in a fine state of repair and used to act as the...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It looks like a Church but used to exhibit a marvellous collection of Horseshoes. It was once within the walls of a Castle. It took us an hour and we found it very interesting.

1  Thank Ernest C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a castle - don't go out of your way to visit. Ok for a pop in if you're bored whilst in Oakham anyway (you probably will be) - a renovated hall with horseshoes in uninspiring grounds.

Thank Hilary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was pouring with rain during our visit but the children and their parents enjoyed dressing up, colouring in and other activities. The parents and grandparents found the information boards very good. There was coffee available and good toilets. Then the rain stopped so the...More

2  Thank mvwardell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been to Oakham several times before and always thought it was rather dreary. Now, however, after a Lottery-funded refurbishment, it is much more interesting and not simply a gloomy hall bedecked with horseshoes commemorating royal visits. It is light and airy, has a small...More

1  Thank Rob S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So interesting.Impressive old hall and contents. We remembered Michael Portillo visiting Oakham on his Great Railway Journeys but could not remember why.It was not until we entered the Castle that it became clear. And entry is free!!

1  Thank Peter_B_8631
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