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Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Oxford Castle Unlocked 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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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Definitely book a guided tour. You cannot access the best bits of the castle without a guide and tickets are reasonably priced. Tour guides are in costume and character, and knowledgeable about the castle and particular events and people. We were guided by Black Bess...More

3  Thank LAMD90
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went here with 3 6 year olds, the tour was just the right length at an hour and our guide was excellent. She managed to mix both enough details for adults but still keep the kids engaged. After the tour there was lots of...More

Thank Kate_RichJones
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The experience at OCU really comes down to your guide as it is essentially a bare old prison. Unfortunately our guide was difficult to understand, uncharismatic, and not capable of engaging the children in the group. I wrote to complain as he was so rude...More

Thank Cat W
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on Saturday morning and were able to book onto the next tour-it seemed much busier later in the day. We were 'escorted' by Black Bess who was an excellent guide. Full of interesting facts,knowledgeable about her subject and fun. We learned a lot...More

3  Thank ConnieLondon
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide (I think he said his name was Peter) was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and told us many interesting facts about the castle, and also its use as a prison.

Thank Lisa467
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had a great time there.The tour guide is kind and funny. It's worth to visit and it won't let you down!!

1  Thank yolikem16a2
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took the guided tour which took about an hour. Both informative and entertaining, great guide really brought it to life. Can't remember his character's name but he was a murderer who had a display of his skeleton there! He was great value and really took...More

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice little walk up the Castle mound to give a great city view. Lovely area to spend a few hours. The little cafes surrounding the castle have a great buzz too.

Thank wexfordtraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great tour and thanks to Elizabeth Boswell who narrated the very colourful history of this wonderful place also enjoyed the walk up the mount included In the ticket- this castle is in the city centre and is well worth a visit.

Thank Jmae48
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here with friends as we were eating in the castle waiting for table not much information seems they want to get you out fast won't go bk

Thank Garrydaniels64
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lil d
18 November 2016|
Response from Avijitroy | Reviewed this property |
For your kid it should not be a bad place, but there are a few places like the basement or the cell, which are small and stuffy and may feel claustrophobic and/or a bit spooky. Overall if your kid/s likes new places and... More
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