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Oakham Castle, Oakham

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Oakham Castle, in Oakham, Rutland, was constructed between 1180 and 1190 for Walchelin de Ferriers, Lord of the Manor of Oakham. The Castle is known for its collection of massive horseshoes and is also recognised as one of the best examples of domestic Norman architecture in England.Admission to the castle is free. Owned and managed by the Rutland County Council, Oakham Castle is licensed for civil ceremonies. The Castle is temporarily closed until March 2016 as work continues on an extensive restoration of the Castle, including the curtain wall. Oakham Castle was awarded a £2.165 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 following a joint bid by Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Council and the Friends of Rutland County Museum.General InformationDue to its small size, Oakham Castle does not represent the traditional image of a castle. However, what is now called Oakham Castle was originally the Great Hall of a much larger fortified manor house. This had many of the traditional features of a castle such as a curtain wall, a gatehouse and a drawbridge with iron chains. There is also historical and archaeological evidence to suggest that Oakham Castle possessed towers at strategic points along the walls as well as a moat. An illustration in Mediaeval England edited by H. W. C. Davis suggests that the doorway shown to be in the centre of the wall was originally where the window at the end on the right now is. Also, there are no dormer windows in the illustration.
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  • 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! Thorough...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • An amazing place to visit lovely old town the castle is very interesting with the horseshoes and the grounds the museum well worth a visit the staff very friendly
  • Nice for a short visit. Often hosts events and things like craft fairs or art displays. Very well looked after and surrounded buy a recently excavated/restored wall. Very pretty.
  • Fabulous building restored to a very high standard. Charlotte gave us a very warm welcome and informative tour.
  • Possibly the Biggest horse shoes in the world. Ask where you can find a genuine "Crapper" manhole cover. It's only a few minutes walk down the road.
  • Small place. Not much to do but really lovely and kept well.