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Oxford Castle & Prison

46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views before descending into the atmospheric crypt, along the 18th century prison wing and into archaic man-made mound.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was a very pleasant visit of the castle and the prison. The guide was really great and entertaining. We have learned about the history of Oxford and also England. It takes about an hour to do the tour and then we could go to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited during our family holiday and spent an hour with Molly as our guide. Thanks for making our visit enjoyable and educational Molly. Worth a visit!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a really interesting place to visit, hats off to the tour guide who, dressed in his prisoners uniform, gave an in depth history of the castle and jail whilst being able to keep it interesting and at times amusing. If you are visiting Oxford...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on the tour by myself. The guide was knowledgeable and enjoyed acting the part. This site in part dates to the 10th century but was used as a prison until the 90s. The exhibit is informative. You walk up a narrow winding staircase...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful guide in the form of a previous prisoner played her role well and explained the history if the area and how the prisoners were treated. A walk to the top of the tower gives a fabulous 360 degree view of the city

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a wizard workshop which the children enjoyed. They also got to have a look at one of the old rooms. There are stocks you can take pictures in and a gift shops, which is a bit expensive as to be expected It’s situated...More

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Rebecca C, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi! Thank you for your kind feedback, we're so glad you had a nice time and that your children enjoyed the potion making! (We'll be doing sword fighting and shield-making for the summer, so do check out our website if that's something they might like.)

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this tour. Our guide 'Prisoner Smith was lovely, enthusiastic and answered all our questions. Would definitely recommend!

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Rebecca C, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Issy, we're very happy you had a nice time and that your tour guide gave a good tour. Thank you so much for the feedback!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a wonderful place to experience history of prisoners in old days... Its really unique... Prisoner Smith was our tour guide. He was efficient,warm and informative...

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Rebecca C, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Amanpreet! We're very glad you enjoyed your visit!

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lil d
18 November 2016|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!
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Rio725
4 October 2016|
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according to the web site yes
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29 August 2016|
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Response from Anne A | Reviewed this property |
The guides are all dressed as the personalities of the time. I don't recall mannequins
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