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The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England.


The Castle has been awarded a substantial grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for restorations and improvements, with additional funding provided by Rutland County Council and the Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle.


In order to undertake the works, the Castle (both Great Hall and Grounds) will be closed to the public from 1st September 2015 to 25th March 2016.


Please Note : A proportion of overgrown trees and brambles are being cleared from the Curtain Wall. In order to enable this work to be undertaken the Burley Road Car park will be closed to the public on Sunday 20th September.


Works include:


Removal of overgrown trees and shrubs


Consolidation and revealing of the Curtain Wall


Restoration of the Great Hall’s lime-plaster walls


Cleaning and recording of the Horseshoes


Conservation of the court furnishings


Installation of exhibitions and displays


Construction of a new toilet block


Improved access facilities


Re-seeding and planting of the Castle Grounds


Creation of a Medieval Garden with Oakham in Bloom


We apologise for any inconvenience during these works.


Please do not attempt to enter the grounds, as construction sites can be hazardous


For more information on this exciting project, please see



The Great Hall of Oakham Castle


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.


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 Museum
Catmos Street
LE15 6HW

Tel: 01572 758440
Fax: 01572 758445
Email: museum@rutland.gov.uk 

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