Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford

Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • Great for adults and children alike. A useful and informative insight into some of the city's history.  more »
  • Visited the outside of the building during a recent walking tour of Oxford. Very interesting building in central Oxford.  more »
  • This tour was well worth doing with some really interesting information given by our guide Natalia. Natalia was passionate, friendly and was ready to answer any question. The tour moved at a great...  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.
  • 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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