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.
Tours To Oxford Castle & Prison
City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $21
Duration: 40 minutes
Oxford Castle & Prison Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $17
Duration: 1 hour
Oxford Private Guided Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $327
Duration: 3 hours
Oxford Castle & Prison Reviews
I had a great time walking around and admiring everything. There is so much history to absorb. I had no idea that it used to be a prison as well. Going on a guided tour when you have a young child in.... more »
The tour was very informative and the lady that took us round certainly knew her stuff. I enjoyed going up the tower and the views of Oxford. It was a shame that we didn’t get to see all of the rooms.... more »
The tour was very detailed and informative. Exhibits and sights seen within were well preserved and visually impressive. Our tour guide, Becca, was amazing and made the tour every bit better. Well worth the hour it takes to complete.
Loved every second at the Castle and Prison. Big shout out to Becca who took us around on the tour. Really enjoyed it.
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