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Oakham Castle

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Tucked away behind the main street

This doesn't look like a traditional castle....but it's a modest stone building set in nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Poppy Visit

Thank you to all involved in making and displaying the ceramic poppies in the grounds.As an Armed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest Norman Halls in England. The Hall is best known for its collection of enormous commemorative Horseshoes donated by members of the Royal Family and Peers of the Realm. It is also decorated...more
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Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England
+44 1572 757578
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Oakham Castle is said to be the finest example of Norman architecture in the country. The building is actually the Great Hall. Built between 1180 and 1190 in the reign of Henry II, it has recently been restored and opened to the public again earlier...More

3  Thank yorkuni73
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 April 2014

It's more a hall than a castle. Very disappointed on approach but free and it killed 15 minutes in a town devoid of anything.

2  Thank MyHeartBelongs
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All reviews well worth a visit visited oakham free entry interesting history norman architecture edward iv dressing up clothes fortified manor house free attraction beautiful building court room interesting visit great place to visit rutland water hall royalty horseshoe
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This doesn't look like a traditional castle....but it's a modest stone building set in nice grounds... currently there is a display of ceramic poppies....it's well worth spending some time in Oakham....it's got a variety of pubs and is very friendly...

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Thank you to all involved in making and displaying the ceramic poppies in the grounds.As an Armed Forces Veteran I appreciated all your hard work, especially having the blue and white ones.My only disappointment was not being able to pre-order one as a reminder of...More

2  Thank 684,308
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved walking around the grounds of the churchy-looking building, and noticing the old castle walls etc. Inside the building feels a bit like a community centre with a few postcards etc for sale and a number of old artefacts rather unimaginatively displayed around the walls....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little space, I like to walk my dog here every day so she can have a run around off the lead, as the park next door can sometimes be too crowded and I wouldn’t like her bothering other people or another not so friendly...More

1  Thank xamelia95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was quite breathtaking as it states it's a castle but looks nothing like a castle. It looked more like a hall. I couldn't get over the collection of horseshoes it. It was a gem to find as it was tucked away, but when you...More

Thank Trudi A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great Normal Hall is all that's left of the castle but what a little gem it is with it's unique collection of horseshoes so it's well worth a visit now that it is fully restored. With a poignant display of some 10000 ceramic poppies...More

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great Norman Hall with commemorative horseshoes. Lots of them including The Queen, and Prince Charles. In the lawn, commemorative Poppies from WWI. A nice way to spend an hour or more

1  Thank rogerjm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever you visit this fabulous market town of Oakham you just have to visit Oakham Castle,it is just truly amazing!I just can't wait to return.

2  Thank freddiedoncaster
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We had come to Oakham for a few days so decided to see the castle very easy to find.what a little treasure someone comes to you nearly straight away and gives the history of the place. It is free to go in and has a...More

1  Thank 849barry
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Amazing to see how old, yet well maintained, Oakham Castle is. Interesting place to visit although not a long visit.

2  Thank gmslb
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23 July 2018|
Response from JimB4747 |
There are several very good hotels, Whipper In, whisteria, and Admiral Hornblower. All within 5 minutes walk
23 July 2018|
Response from johnS17564 | Property representative |
Hi there sorry for the delay responding. The closest hotels off the top of my head are as follows...The whipper-Inn is just on the market place 2 minutes walk from the castle and the Mill Street Bar and Kitchen on Mill... More