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Oxford Castle Unlocked Entrance Ticket Including Guided Tour
Ranked #10 of 184 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 November 2017

having just completed a boring open top bus ride around some rather run down parts of oxford with a lacklustre guide we were in need of some excitement and entertainment. enter rowland jencks our wonderful guide. despite being incarcerated in the prison since elizabethan times the lovely rowland managed to be very funny, upbeat and gloriously entertaining. his script was brilliant and it was obvious that he loved his job. thank you rowland for making our day, and for being so patient with both my husband and myself as we climbed all those steps with our rickety old kness. you were fabulous!

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by our guide Solomon wisden, who not only looked the part actually made you feel as if you had been transported back in time, his knowledge of history and the quirky little goings on at the castle and prison made the visit memorable. I would throughly recommend this activity for all, there are lots of steps to climb though so probably not if your unable to climb, or have health issues.

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Although the visit was informative (and I did learn a lot), the tour was a bit gimmicky with people being put in the stocks and others throwing toy rats at them. Probably well worth taking kids but not really an adult tour. The cafe next door took 40 minutes to heat four bowls of soup!!

Thank gill409
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We visited here on Friday and would say its a little expensive for the time it lasts but very enjoyable. The tour lasts around an hour and is full of interesting information. We have visited quite a lot of castles and would say this one is average. The view from the tower is well worth the 100+ steps.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Came here with my family and really enjoyed the story and history behind the castle. The guide was fun and made the tour as interactive as possible. Would defiantly recommend a visit really worth the time thank you.

Thank Paul C
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Unlocked, Guest Relations Manager at Oxford Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Dear Paul,

Thank you so much for your feedback on your recent visit to Oxford Castle Unlocked; it is wonderful to hear that you had such an enjoyable experience at our site with your guide, the Empress Matilda, and we hope you'll return again in the future!

Best wishes,
Duty Manager - Guest Experience

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