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Oakham Castle, Oakham
(4.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Although only the great hall remains, it is still a charming place to visit. They have an unusual and unique habit, they collect horse shoes from famous visitors 
  • Having recently moved to Melton Mowbray we recently visited Oakham castle. It was the venue of my daughter's wedding and was splendid at the time. Now it has been refurbished and really superb, well w...  more »
  • This is well worth a visit ,filled with interesting facts and very well presented. Well done to all concerned for preserving this important historic building. Fascinating to see such a huge collection...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Not a castle but more an old manor house. Still an interesting building and worth a visit.
  • Interesting place, the queen brings the town a new horse shoe every time she visits.
  • Amazing, it's not a castle, but it is 😀 great space just to walk around, but the show stealer are the horseshoes. Ancient and modern but a fine tradition. Free to visit so a must.
  • Not a castle and it's pretty boring.