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Oakham

History

The county town of Oakham is a small and historic market town dating back to the 1100s. It grew around a Norman castle, the banqueting hall of which is the oldest surviving English Castle Hall, now frequently used for wedding ceremonies.

The Castle Hall is full of uniquely crafted horseshoes – a traditional gift from peers of the realm passing through the county. Adjoining the castle is the market square and the butter-cross.


Oakham county town

Oakham has become a small but bustling town with boutique shops, antiques, hidden cafes, unique restaurants and country pubs selling local real ale from Rutland’s Grainstore Brewery. Market days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays and if your stay coincides with the third Saturday of the month, you will also see the Farmers’ Market in Gaol Street, where locals stock up on fresh produce from nearby farms.

Home of the County Council offices, the Rutland Museum and Oakham School, one of the leading schools in the country, established in 1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson. The famous Oakham station signal box and old bridge are amongst Oakham’s unique heritage. The town enjoys a very active community with a variety of clubs and societies including the award winning Oakham in Bloom. A centre for art and culture, exhibitions and events are held in various venues in town.

For what’s happening check our calendar of events.

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