Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Oakham Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Oakham Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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jg1412
Ilkley, UK38 contributions
A lovely historic treat
Oct 2021 • Couples
A fascinating visit. A beautifully preserved part of our history. Free of charge but support from the Council and others. Full of interesting stories behind the amazing collection of horseshoes.
Written October 11, 2021
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Gaynor S
Solihull, UK468 contributions
Closed when you need it open!
Aug 2021
Please check, before travelling, if the building is open, as when we got there, they had a special event on, so it was shut. But we did spend some time and had a picnic, in the grounds, which are quite spacious and clean, with benches and tables. There is also car parking.
Written September 6, 2021
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HirenHH
Harrow, UK97 contributions
Quaint historic church.
Aug 2021
Nice place to visit if you are in the area..
Interesting historical church / castle..
Amazingly helpful and knowledgeable volunteers.
Written August 29, 2021
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,519 contributions
Fascinating history
Aug 2021
It was definitely open on Saturday when we visited, although they have a backlog of weddings, so normal opening times may be altered. The building sits in what was once the bailey of the castle, which still has some of its outer walls, but not much else. Plenty of information boards.

Inside the building is an amazing, impressive collection of horseshoes. I think the oldest I found was from the late 1600s. It was also once the court. Attached is a small cafe serving delicious sandwiches, cakes etc. Some outdoor seating. Staff are all friendly and welcoming.

There's a small amount of free parking on site and a couple of nearby pay and display car park. Level access to the building. Toilets in the cafe.
Written August 24, 2021
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Katy Q
Newton Le Willows, UK6 contributions
Attentive staff and a simply gorgeous tearoom
Aug 2021
what a lovely little find! We went out foraging for food and stumbled across this gem with a gorgeous tea room serving amazing food with brilliant staff! We will be back
Written August 24, 2021
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Miriam B
Buckinghamshire70 contributions
great place
Aug 2021
very interesting visit re the horseshoes - staff and volunteers were helpful and pointed out the registers for us to look at the history of each one.
Written August 22, 2021
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LesGUk
East Anglia, UK729 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2021 • Couples
Looks more like a chapel than a castle but very interesting. Walls adorned with giant horse shoes presented to Oakham by various nobility/royalty over the years. It was also used as a courthouse until fairly recently and the court furniture can be seen set out inside. There is a small car park here and parking is free for 2 hours if you visit the castle and get your car parking validated.
Written August 15, 2021
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louthrambler
Lincolnshire239 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2021
A surprisingly interesting building set in pleasant gardens and parkland, right in the middle of the town. Nice to see that it had reopened after a period of enforced closure
Written August 7, 2021
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Joseph L
London, UK715 contributions
interesting
Jul 2021
well worth a visit due to its interesting history and design, the grounds are nice but the cafe was closed.
Written July 24, 2021
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,517 contributions
Amazing: unique?
May 2021
Really only the Great Hall of the castle still exists. (It is currently occasionally used as a court building.) The main feature of interest is the collection of 'horseshoes' many centuries old. Some are huge. They were given as gifts by visiting dignitaries: fascinating
Written July 6, 2021
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Oakham Castle is open:
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM