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Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford

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Experience 1,000 years of hidden history at Oxford Castle & Prison. As a site of incarceration since 1071, the castle offers a rich behind-the-scenes history of murder, betrayal, escape, and execution. Take a tour of the castle grounds led by a costumed character guide, and visit the prison wing, the ancient underground crypt, and the man-made mound. Climb the Saxon St. George’s tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, for impressive 360-degree views of the area. Have a vintage prisoner mug shot taken at the front desk to take home as a souvenir. Arrange to visit Oxford Castle & Prison and other attractions in Oxford using our Oxford trip itinerary planner.
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  • We were a party of 7 who had just done 2 and half hours of driving on our route home, we came into Oxford for lunch and how could we resist a Castle and Prison, we had the tour guide Oliver who was... 
    We were a party of 7 who had just done 2 and half hours of driving on our route home, we came into Oxford for lunch and how could we resist a Castle and Prison, we had the tour guide Oliver who was...  more »
  • Fabulous tour and so interesting. Natalya was our guide Anna she made it so interesting with many stories and a great experience. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Some of the... 
    Fabulous tour and so interesting. Natalya was our guide Anna she made it so interesting with many stories and a great experience. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Some of the...  more »
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  • Great guided tour by Helena Very interesting and informative. Would recommend. Be aware lots of stairs going up to tower then stairs going down to prison. But not rushed as I took time to go up. Guide was a great story teller bringing History to life with great enthusiasm and humour.
  • Appreciated the live tour guide Becca (a rarity these days) as she was good storyteller and did a good job keeping the kids engaged on the tour. The big drawback was the age limit to climb the tower. We've brought our kids to plenty of similarly challenging staircases (Newcastle Castle, Tower of London, Dover Castle and more), and they've been fine. The attraction should let parents decide if their kids can handle it.

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