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.
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 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