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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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  • The Oxford castle + Prison starts with a guided tour. Our guide Becca was very enthusiastic, knowledgable and fun. The views from the top of st Georges tower are fantastic and worth the entrance fee....  more
    The Oxford castle + Prison starts with a guided tour. Our guide Becca was very enthusiastic, knowledgable and fun. The views from the top of st Georges tower are fantastic and worth the entrance fee....  more »
  • Very enjoyable tour of the castle and prison. Our 2 teens loved the way Becca was telling the whole story, offering fascinating anecdotes room after room. They were so interested that they remembered....  more
    Very enjoyable tour of the castle and prison. Our 2 teens loved the way Becca was telling the whole story, offering fascinating anecdotes room after room. They were so interested that they remembered....  more »
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the castle and prison. The tour was reasonably priced and the tour was interesting. Stephen, our tour guide, was amazing and very knowledgeable. Any questions that you had, he was happy to answer. Our group only had 6 people so I personally found this better as it wasn’t cramped in some of the rooms. I also liked that you were free to explore at your own pace after the tour finished. Overall, it was a great tour and I would recommend if visiting Oxford!
  • 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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