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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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Oxford Castle & Prison reviews
We loved the tour. Oliver was an excellent tour guide. He was very personable and very knowledgeable.
We loved the tour. Oliver was an excellent tour guide. He was very personable and very knowledgeable. more »
My sister and I had a wonderful visit during our trip to Oxford. Our tour guide, Oliver, was great - really engaging and knowledgeable and made the experience far better than if we'd just been...
My sister and I had a wonderful visit during our trip to Oxford. Our tour guide, Oliver, was great - really engaging and knowledgeable and made the experience far better than if we'd just been... more »
Excellent tour. Our guide, Oliver, was very knowledgeable and made the tour really interesting with lots of stories. Lots of narrow steps though so be warned. Booked in advance for 10am on a Sunday and it was quiet but when we came out about an hour later it was very busy. Highly recommend.
Excellent tour, worth doing if you are I'm Oxford for a Visit! Leanne was a brilliant tour guide and made the history of the Castle and Prison come alive. The climb to the top of the tower was not as hard as expected, you do get a break half way up. I am just shy of 6'1" and only banged my head once so that's a bonus.
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