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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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  • Literally just a few yards from the market place in Oakham is what remains of Oakham Castle. The great hall is a true delight and very well worth a visit. The entrance was free. It was a really nice p...  more »
  • The most asked question according to the knowledgeable staff! A lovely historical site displaying the numerous horseshoes the landed gentry have gifted the town when visiting. The hall is easily acces...  more »
  • We were doing the Oakham Heritage Trail and visited here as it was on our route. The horseshoes were really interesting, there is an information sheet to read more about it, and a fantastic room off t...  more »
  • 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.