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Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford

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Experience 1,000 years of hidden history at Oxford Castle Unlocked. 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. Use our Oxford travel itinerary maker to add Oxford Castle Unlocked and other attractions to your Oxford vacation plans.
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  • Only a small part of oxford castle exists today so didn't have high expectations given the £11 entry fee- however I was pleasantly surprised. The use of guides greatly enhances the story and there is ...  more »
  • All too often, we sign up to guided tours that seem to go on forever. I loved the fact that this attraction is quite small, so it didn't take up a whole day. PLEASE NOTE - book in advance if you want ...  more »
  • Simply overrated, nothing specific about it and lot many castles are better than this one. The guide was informative though.  more »
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  • A Great experience whilst visiting Oxford. We chose the Unlocked Tour where a guide dressed in period clothes entertainingly takes you around areas of the castle and provides historical context and stories. We did have an under 5 year old with us so not all could go up the tower (health and safety gone mad?) But an enjoyable 1 hour experience and reasonably priced. Free Pumpkin carving and access to the adjacent mound a bonus.
  • It was a pretty fun tour. I had "the monk" and he was quite witty and involved all the guests in his story telling. Better than any school trip I've had to take!
  • This is a lovely place to visit and only £1 to go up on top of the mound great price it also has great restaurant's and bar's and Malmaison hotel that was a prison
  • We only went up the mound (£1 per person) because you can't see the castle without taking a guided tour. It's not a fantastic view, but it's quite pleasant.
  • I still haven't done the whole visit... interesting that coin metal mechanical fortune press... worth a second one... maybe, with more stamps designs? Sewell or Dungeons?