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Oxford Castle, Oxford

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Castle Tourist Spot
For the first time in 1000 years, the secrets of Oxford Castle have been Unlocked revealing episodes of violence, executions, great escapes, betrayal and even romance. Walk through these ancient buildings and experience the stories that connect the real people to these extraordinary events.

Experience the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtor’s tower and Prison D-wing, and the dark atmosphere of the 900-year old underground Crypt; marvel at the Mound of the 11th-century motte and bailey castle with vaulted well chamber; climb the Norman St George’s Tower, now open for the first time in its history, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over Oxford.

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  • Part of the castle has been transformed into a hotel and there are various eateries on site, but we had a pleasant wander through the site which has plaques placed throughout providing information and...  more »
  • Plenty of history here bought to life by the excellent guides who dress up and really add some passion and excitement for both the kids and the adults. In other words, not the usual dry history. You c...  more »
  • A very historic and educational site. Our tour guide was excellent and you could tell he really enjoyed history and sharing his knowledge of the castle. Very worth a trip if you're a history buff.  more »
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  • Cattle with a long history. Great view from the castle's tower and from the top of the hill. Short trip with a guide and nice presentation with some of historical facts, maybe a bit too long as for me. It's a good point to see, but the is few better places to visit in Oxford.
  • Many thanks to Becky and Tracy for their brilliant help with my group of architecture and civil engineering students today! These staff members went well beyond expectations to make our experience of the crypt and the well chamber unforgettable.
  • A great place with an amazing history! The man made hill beside the castle provides breathtaking views too!
  • Went on a Ghost Hunt was a great evening we had a small tour in the beginning and the manager was great about the information and history of the castle.
  • Really good morning, very informative and fun. Highly recommend

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An inexpensive alternative to Oxford's pricey hotels, historical college room lodgings provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the city's old-world academic atmosphere without having to pass exams. Offering more than just comfortable beds and warm meals, centrally located college B&Bs provide visitors with a glimpse into the ancient world of Oxford academia. These rooms are mainly available during school vacations, when students clear out of their dormitories. At other times of year, explore the varied world of Oxford's elegant hotels and private guesthouses.
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