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Oakham Castle

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Address: Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1572 758440
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10:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest Norman Halls...

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 with a range of 12th century sculptures. The grounds of the Castle are a peaceful oasis in the centre of Oakham. Following extensive refurbishments, the Castle now features improved facilities and activities for families.

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unique and brilliantly presented

it's not the most jaw-dropping of buildings at first sight but it is a truly unique survivor, and the presentation is superb, from the free entry to the splendid explanatory... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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NuT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it's not the most jaw-dropping of buildings at first sight but it is a truly unique survivor, and the presentation is superb, from the free entry to the splendid explanatory panels, and above all (if you are as lucky as we were) the fantastically knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer who answers all the questions you weren't actually going to ask!

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Thank Mike2trip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So nice to go somewhere where everyone is so enthusiastic about what they do. And very knowledgable too! Lovely, themed activities for youngsters served up with a genuine desire to entertain and educate, without being at all cheesy. Recommended.

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2 Thank Ben S
Rutland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience.. well hosted with local Oakham brewery ales to buy too.. master storyteller for adults had us all spellbound. What a great setting. Plenty to look at in the interval to explore the castle which is looking great.

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2 Thank ngoddess
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great little piece of history. Quite unassuming from the surroundings but the main hall has a host of activities for the young & young at heart. The volunteers make the visit worthwhile with a wealth of knowledge on various subjects, so make sure you ask them

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2 Thank Scot P
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the great hall as part of a walk and were glad we did. We received a warm welcome and given an introduction to the hall and its history. There are informative boards round the hall and the collection of horseshoes is unique .

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2 Thank meatja13
Guildford, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Oakham Castle with my wife and friends in early February. Now let us get one thing clear, although called a castle it is really a large barn. I understand that as it used to have a moat it can be called a castle. It was totally refurbished in 2015 and the result is very impressive. The place was... More 

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2 Thank Fulham290349
England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place in the heart of Oakham. Steeped in history and large grounds it is well worth a wander if you are in the area

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1 Thank Cazza2015
West Midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a castle, but found only the remaining wonderful great hall. The whole place is beautifully presented and full of interest. The horse shoes are amazing. However the visit was enhanced by the lovely member of staff, who was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Sorry not to get her name, but it was early afternoon Saturday 29th January,... More 

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Thank amanda68
Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read about the horseshoes at the castle and wanted to see them for myself. I wasn't disappointed, but the visit was made so much better by the enthusiasm of the staff, who were able to tell me additional stories about the people who presented the horshoes. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Hazel S
Rutland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

in the centre of Oakham, free of charge but donations well worth it. Good staff who explain the history of the horseshoes. Warm & comfortable - a must visit if in Oakham

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