Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford

4.5
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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  • Booked this as options limited in Oxford due to Covid-19. Turned out to be an excellent choice. Tour and guide (Alex) were excellent, with time to read and explore more in museum. Whole castle/prison....  more »
  • Tour involves steps and small places but done excellently taking social distance very seriously. I just turned up and only had to wait 30 minutes for a space but others had booked in advance. Lots of....  more »
  • We had a fantastic trip today at Oxford Castle and Prison. Our tour guide Rebecca was brilliant, very knowledgeable and funny! We would highly recommend this attraction. The kids loved learning about....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Our tour guide, Esther, gave a fantastic tour of the castle and prison. The stories were very interesting and I enjoyed learning about everything dating back 1000 years. Would definitely recommend taking a tour of this place, it’s a memorable one for sure.
  • Nice bit of history
  • Great tour, our guide was really knowledgeable, well worth a visit

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