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Oakham Castle, Oakham

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4.2/5 based on 150+ 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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  • Certainly worth a visit if you are in Oakham, it would be a stretch generous to say it is worth coming to the town for this alone. Lots of history in the grand hall and free wifi. 
  • Chanced upon this when visiting Oakham. The building is fascinating with an extremely interesting history. Staff were on hand to answer any questions. The visit is free although donations are welcomed...  read more »
  • A tiny piece of history where you'd least expect if just off the High Street. Very interesting, and free of charge 
  • 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.
  • a fantastic place full of horse shoes from various ages past fro vips in history, doent look much from outside but well worth the visit when u go in
  • An interesting way to spend the morning or afternoon in Oakham.
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