The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England. Built between 1180 and 1190, it is believed to be the best preserved Norman Aisled Hall in Northern Europe.
The Great Hall is best known for its unique collection of over 230 ornate horseshoes donated by Peers of the Realm (Royalty and nobility such as Dukes, Marquis’, Earls, Viscounts, Barons and Bishops).
The hall is 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.