The ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Castle Is a Luxe Hotel Perfect for a Weekend Stay
Did you know that the Rocky Horror castle, known as Oakley Court, is actually a luxe hotel only a short drive away from London’s Heathrow Airport? Maybe the next time you find yourself in the UK, you should make a pit stop in Windsor, where you can snap a selfie of yourself doing the “Time Warp” in one of the ultimate filming locations.
The 1975 film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the very first depictions of subversive sexuality — at least in horror-musical form. It’s also one of the first ‘cult films’ that come to mind, and midnight screenings draw fans from around the world even still.
Located in Windsor, England — just a hop, skip and a jump from Heathrow (about 20 minutes) — this quintessential country house is where many of the film’s most recognizable scenes were shot, acting as the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, also known as “the Frankenstein place.”
You’ll no doubt recognize the entryway of Oakley Court, where newly engaged couple Brad and Janet stood dripping wet before they were welcomed inside for the craziest night of their lives. There’s also the famous staircase and the room where the dinner scene was filmed.
While the hotel boasts 118 bedrooms, fans of the movie who book a stay at the Rocky Horror castle will want to make sure to book one of the nine “mansion suites” inside Oakley Court, as these are the only hotel rooms that are part of the manor’s original structure.
Frank-N-Furter fans gather at the Rocky Horror castle each year to celebrate the film during the Time Warp Picnic. For £260, you can secure overnight accommodation at Oakley Court, a full English breakfast, an afternoon buffet on the lawns and a late-night screening of the film. While the big 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19, next year’s event — scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 — is expected to take place, and bookings will be open soon. (Head here for more info about the annual special event.)
And what if you’re looking to make a day trip out of the Rocky Horror castle but not actually stay on the grounds? Alfresco dining at Oakley Court’s The Terrace Restaurant is currently available for reservations. (Just take note that you must make a booking online in advance.)
In addition to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oakley Court has acted as a filming location for a slew of films, mostly horror ‘B movies’ like The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Theater of Blood (1973) and The Brides of Dracula (1960).
So whenever travel is back on the table for all of us, and you find yourself in London or its whereabouts, head to Rocky Horror castle Oakley Court for a super-luxe stay right on the River Thames.