Oakham is the county town of Rutland. It is a charming, pretty and traditional rural town with twice weekly open air markets as well as monthly farmers’ markets to tempt new homeowners. It boasts many beautiful buildings, historic sites and traditional, independent shops. There is plenty to explore including the museum, Oakham castle and the market place with its buttercross and stocks.
The town grew up in the shadow of the Norman castle of which only the banqueting hall survives. The hall is the oldest surviving English castle hall and its walls are decorated with over 200 horseshoes left by visiting dignitaries and royalty.
Another notable building is the unique buttercross. Built in the 16th or 17th century the cross lends a wonderful old-world feel to Oakham, especially as the ancient five-hole stocks are still displayed in the market square!
The Birmingham to Peterborough railway line runs through the town providing links to both of these cities and to Leicester, London and Cambridge. Road users are also catered for with excellent links across the country.
The town is home to Oakham School, one of the major English public schools, which was founded along with the nearby Uppingham School in 1584. It also supports a number of primary and nursery schools –within both the private and state sectors – and the Catmose College secondary school.
Retail and Leisure
There is plenty going on within the town with its busy calendar of events and festivals. Oakham has a thriving artistic community which welcomes new members and holds regular exhibitions at local venues. Christmas is a special time for Oakham with unique events, live performances and entertainment. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Oakham appeals to those who enjoy exploring on foot or bike.