The first fortification was an early 11th century motte and bailey castle that may have been built on an earlier Saxon burgh. The Great Hall dates from 1180 and it was used as a courtroom until 1970. The earth banks around the bailey are all that is left of the stone curtain wall and four D-shaped towers that were added in the 13th century.
Open to the public apart from Tuesdays but occasional Crown Courts and Coroner's Inquests still take place.
|On the A606, west of Stamford|
|Market Place, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DR|