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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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  • Thanks for a great morning. The tour guide was great and had brilliant knowledge of the history of the castle. We ended our morning at the castle cafe and had a lovely sandwich and hot drink. 
  • We opted for the historical character guided tour! Very informative although the delivery by the young 'criminal' was somewhat nervy and awkward. Good tour and gift shop. 
  • This is the spot where the river was first forded for the passage of oxen and therefore the very origin of Oxford. The tour explains the history most entertainingly and also provides an opportunity to...  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?