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“Unique wedding venue for a civil ceremony within a beautiful and historic setting”
Review of Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Oakham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Havng grown up in Rutland and always loved Oakham Castle, my husband and I were married here in 2011. Don't expect turrets and ramparts but this is a very special place! What remains of Oakham Castle is a beautiful 12th century hall housing an enormous collection of horseshoes (the county symbol) given by visiting royalty and aristocracy over the centuries.

Thank Will S
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"free entry"
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"visited oakham"
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"information sheet"
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"interesting history"
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"heritage trail"
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"edward iv"
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"piece of history"
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"dressing up clothes"
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"grand hall"
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"michael portillo"
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"fortified manor house"
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"fascinating visit"
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"ancient building"
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"huge collection"
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This title is overused , but it`s true in this case .
The great hall is virtually all that is left but it is so fascinating to investigate the donors of all the horse shoes around the walls .
We loved walking around the meadow looking at the site of former walls and buildings .
Part of the charm of the castle is that it is in the centre ( nearly ) of town tucked away behind the church and is a green oasis despite this .

Thank Celia L
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We popped in here when there was a craft market on, but you can still see all of the horseshoes around teh walls and the laminated leaflet that you are given on entering is very interesting to read.
The horseshoes themselves were not as I had expected, they were much larger, grander and decorated than standard horseshoes (I did wonder what the fuss was about to be honest) and we spent a good 15 minutes just wandering round looking at the names.
I'm not sure you could spend much longer than that and the outside space would be good for kids to rund around on a bit (quite lumpy bumpy), but it is not somewhere to spend a long time.
Having said that, we enjoyed it and i'm glad we went.

Thank Kirsty S
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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.

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

A smallish building, full of large horseshoes gifted by Royalty, Lords etc. The guide was most helpful and enthusiastic - very knowlegable. Not really a castle as such, but qualifies by having had a moat and defences. Interesting, nonetheless.

Thank Karter44
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