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. Arrange to visit Oxford Castle Unlocked and other attractions in Oxford using our Oxford trip itinerary planner.
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  • We really enjoyed our experience. I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on Empress Matilda so I was pleased that she was featured in the tour. That was the only bit of history I knew about Oxford Cast...  more »
  • Black Bess was our tour guide and was really informative and made the visit fun. Would recommend the tour.  more »
  • Guided tour with a character from the story! Good upload, but how good the display becomes depends on the guide you get. Still very worth the ticket money. Please come early in the morning, then there will be a small group and it is an advantage because it gets crowded in some places.
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  • Matron was a fantastic tour guide. Fascinating visit. Definitely planning on going again and would encourage anyone interested in English history to go. Won't be disappointed.
  • Was a bit disappointing as I paid more than £10 for a tour but didn't really know what I was going to see and in fact the castle wasn't really a castle...just a tower and some underground tombs and prison. Not sure if it was worth the money.
  • Very good and interesting guided tour. Good view over Oxford from up the tower. An hour well spent.
  • Have to pay to go up the hill but stunning view! Museum and gift shop is informative and historically fascinating
  • Worth a visit with the kids. The hour long costumed guided tour is entertaining and informative.

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