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“Poppy Visit”
Review of Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle
Ranked #4 of 22 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 9 November 2018

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 my visit and as I live a distance away, cannot get to you when they go on sale. I would have gladly paid the postage. I am sure many other visitors would have done the same.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

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. I found walking around the adjacent school and nearby church more interesting.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Donsafe
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Reviewed 5 November 2018 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 dog! The church itself a lot of the time has little craft fairs or events on inside. Also a great quiet place to have a picnic!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

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 sit in the in public park behind it, you realise that it is in a short distance of other places around even though you think you have walked miles to get to the castle.

The staff were accommodating in answering any questions that we asked. The access was wheelchair users was good too.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Trudi A
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

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 to commemorate 100years since the end of WW1 I found it quite moving.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alan R
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