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.Plan to see Oakham Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Oakham travel itinerary planner.
Create a full Oakham itinerary
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Plan your trip to Oakham
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Plans in Oakham by other users
2 days in Oakham BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Oakham BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Oakham BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Rutland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Oakham BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Rutland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Rome & Midlands BY A USER FROM MOLDOVA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
Oakham castle is steeped in history, and fascinating. Well worth a visit. And so is Oakham town. Take a leisurely stroll up Mill street, and Crown Walk, to experience the different shops. Lovely. more »
THe amazing collection of Horseshoe is something to bewilder you. Tucked awat in a corrner of Oakham , well worth a visit more »
A must if you are visiting Oakham - the staff all tell great stories about the horseshoes. There is a children's area to play in and it has clean bathrooms for your use. 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.
Best things to do in Oakham
Side trips from Oakham
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.