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Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • The place offers more of stories than building structure. I was hoping to see more of historic buildings but actually more about the stories in the past. If you are into stories, go for it. If you are...  more »
  • I took the tour while daughter was toiling over her last essay. Our guide was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable young man posing as a pilloried bookseller of Elizabethan times who spent time in the ca...  more »
  • We decided to do the tour of the castle, as it was our first visit. We were shown around by a gentleman dressed in costume as a monk. He was quite clearly very knowledgeable about his subject, and we ...  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