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Oxford Castle

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Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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+44 1865 260666
10:00 - 17:30
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interesting historical spot , go and climb up the mound to have a little bit of an elevated view. good displays, educational.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Set apart from other iconic landmarks, the Castle I feel is a good place to begin a day's walk round Oxford city. If time and cash are short, you can walk round most of the castle grounds and gaze at The Mound without paying for the tour. Each building and section is clearly marked and it's history described in detail.

Thank Marilyn S
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

interesting historical spot , go and climb up the mound to have a little bit of an elevated view. good displays, educational.

Thank 4XLo
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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302 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great history of the castle showing its use from all parts of its history including up to recent years as a prison. Guided through by an interpretive leader to illustrate and guide the experience - after which you can go explore on your own. It is certainly a must see and the views from the mound are the best... More 

Thank michael186311
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides dress up as various characters from history. We had Rowland Jenkes. Rowland gave a very interesting tour around the venue showing information about various events throughout history

Thank Anne B
Perugia, Italy
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93 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't think this attraction could be considered a must-see in Oxford. No doubt on its historic relevance and symbolic power. But there are a lot of more beautiful things to visit before the Castle. Anyway, the guided tour is the best way to visit it. The guide I had was defenitely a great entertainer. He is alone worth the... More 

2 Thank Estueban
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We totally enjoyed our visit to the castle with a guided tour which was full of information and a great experience, would definitely recommend this to all who visit Oxford. Brilliant!

Thank Paulamiss
Oxford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

For 900 years the only way you would have got into Oxford prison was as a prisoner, for the past 10 years it has been open to tourists, business, restaurants, and markets. The castle is pre-Norman and has one of the few Saxon stone towers surviving in the UK, The 'prison experience' is one to set the blood curdling, and... More 

1 Thank Kevin H
Bergen, Norway
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80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We only visited the hilltop, so this reveiw does not cover the castle itself. Their is a hill were you pay to pass a gate. There was no view to speak of and only a couple minutes walk. Really not much.

1 Thank TrineLovheim
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This castle served as a prison for hundreds of years, right up till 1996! The entire tour and the bits of the castle we could see were all decked out in its prison years’ “attire.” Their ad material makes much of period-costumed guides. (My experience with costumed guides is that they can sometimes be very full of themselves and are... More 

2 Thank Teresa B
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Fun and family friendly tour around Oxford Castle. Lots of interesting facts stories told by our tour guide. After the tour, you can walk around freely and explore the crypt and prison cells. Maybe a little expensive for the short tour but worth it for a nice day out.

1 Thank Jinie3

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