Oakham Castle will reopen its doors to members of the public on Monday 30th May 2016, with a fantastic day of Norman celebrations!
The Castle has been closed for major restoration work since September 2015 and a grand reopening is planned for the Monday Bank Holiday, transporting visitors back to Norman England with exciting family events and activities. Come along and enjoy:
· Norman coin striking
· Knights on horseback
· Guided tours of the site
· Much, much more
The event takes place from 11am – 4pm and is FREE to attend for everyone!
Oakham Castle is the finest example of Norman domestic architecture in the country and now boasts an array of new displays and activities for families and those interested in history. This is thanks to a £2millon investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For more information about the restoration of Oakham Castle and events taking place on Monday 30th May, please visit: oakhamcastle.wordpress.com
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
Tel: 01572 758440
Fax: 01572 758445