The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England. Set in a tranquil green open space at the centre of Oakham, step back in time and enjoy this remarkable monument from Norman England.
The Castle has recently been awarded a substantial grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for restorations and improvements. Read more about this exciting project on our Restoration Page.
The Great Hall is famous for its collection of enormous commemorative Horseshoes donated by Peers of the Realm.
The hall is also decorated with a range of 12th century sculptures. Above the columns are six musicians, each playing a different instrument. They are made of local stone from Clipsham and although damaged, they are of superb quality. They are believed to have been carved by masons who had worked at Canterbury Cathedral.
We now have guided tours available of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle.
If you have a group of 6+ friends or family that would like a tour of the Castle and/or the Museum you can contact us to book a tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides. See our Heritage Tours page for more information.
Oakham Castle is licensed for civil marriages.
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The Castle is supported in its work by The Friends of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle . The Friends have assisted in the purchase of items for the Castle and offer a regular programme of lectures and social events.
All enquiries and correspondence to:
Rutland County Council D.C.
Rutland County Museum
Tel: 01572 758440
Fax: 01572 758445