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Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England
+44 1572 757578
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Hardly a castle more like a large hall

A large hall with various larger than life horse shoes on the wall. There is evidence of a wall... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
etsu2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Interesting

We visited Oakham on a very hot day and followed the signs to the castle. It made an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MickyYorkshire
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Yorkshire
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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 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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A large hall with various larger than life horse shoes on the wall. There is evidence of a wall around the building and a sign just before the gates about a custom of peers bringing a horseshoe before visiting the castle.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Oakham on a very hot day and followed the signs to the castle. It made an interestingafternoon...particularly the horseshoes.

Thank MickyYorkshire
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away behind the market square of the Historic town of Oakham, you come to the castle - a warm stone building in grounds that have - and still are - being restored to their original past. The castle has been renovated insideand houses the...More

Thank Amanda R
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

We arrived to be denied access as a wedding was due to take place in 20 mins time. Guest obviously not happy to see us there so visit spoiled. Smaller than expected (as seemed from the outside). Guess the horseshoes biggest draw.

Thank Linda R
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

Well worth a look into the unusual facts about this castle and the exhibits inside. Very helpful staff and good parking. Nice grounds for a walk around or just to sit and relax. In the centre of the town.

Thank Sue T
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

I left my car in a car park and walked there. When I arrived, I found they had free parking for two hours. When I walked in, I noticed all the horseshoes all over the walls. The man told me, I could buy a guide...More

1  Thank ste141
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Very unique history. Very knowledgeable staff. Great grounds right at the edge of town. Loved seeing who brought horseshoes for the wall. Worth a visit.

Thank Kittyme2
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

This ancient hall - its not really a castle - served as a legal court until very recently. It has an ancient custom of VIP visitors bringing an engraved horseshoe. So memories of many famous people adorn the wall - all recent monarchs for example....More

Thank Hedgehog44
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful day out here then a look round Oakham and a meal at one of the pubs A nice place to wonder round and take in the history and shops

1  Thank Barry B
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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

What a find! A brilliant & informative afternoon. A most interesting thing was seeing all the horseshoes hung on the wall. The oldest I think was from Edward IV. The guide was extremely knowledgeable & friendly. A highlight for us was that there was an...More

1  Thank Agathaisthebest
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