Oxford Castle & Prison
Historic Sites • Castles
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views before descending into the atmospheric crypt, along the 18th century prison wing and into archaic man-made mound.
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Mark W
Leeds, UK10 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
A guided tour explained the history of the castle from the time of William the Conquerer to its more recent use as a prison. Lots of really interesting stories from different parts of the building's history
Written 27 November 2022
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Thanks Mark, we really appreciate the review! Do come again soon. Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 28 November 2022
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Kaydee
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Friends
Great little tour- Emily our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and made the tour fun! Would def recommend for anyone in the area :)
Written 27 November 2022
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Great to hear you had such a nice visit. Emily will be really pleased you had such a nice time. Do come again! Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 28 November 2022
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Pauline S
1 contribution
Nov 2022
Despite having lived just outside Oxford for over 30 years this was the first time I had done the tour. Really interesting and the guide, Oliver B was very informative and amusing. I did know about Mathilda's escape from the castle, but the rest of the information was new to me.
Parents should note that children under 5 cannot go up the tower as the steps are narrow and windy. A video explaining everything on this part of the tour is put on for those that have to stay down below.
Really enjoyable trip.
Written 23 November 2022
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Oliver will be really pleased you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again soon! Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 25 November 2022
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KLA321
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Amazing experience today.
Our tour guide Oliver B was great. Included everyone in the group was very knowledgable and approachable.
Written 20 November 2022
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Oliver will be really pleased you enjoyed your visit, he really is a font of knowledge about our attraction! Thanks for leaving us such a nice review, do come again! Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 21 November 2022
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Alice_bd
London, UK9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Thanks to Crystal for showing us around in details. It was fascinating as well as interesting. The tour gave a real insight of those times. Also very kind of you to let us not climb the tower as my Mum was not able to. Instead the movie clip was very educational. The ‘Mead’ testing was awsome. I brought Traditional Mead and the Goblet. Both looks amazing on my displays. Thanks a lot.
Written 16 November 2022
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Yummy mead! Very nice of you to leave us such a positive review and great to hear you enjoyed the visit. Do come again soon Alice. Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 18 November 2022
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kosmos244
Exeter, UK41 contributions
Nov 2022
Had a great time at the castle and prison and our guide Jordan was both entertaining and informative.
Written 16 November 2022
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That is great to hear, thanks for your kind review and recommendation. Oxford Castle and Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 18 November 2022
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Kimberly P
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
Fantastic history and tour by Natalie and Emily. They made this a highlight of our time here. Make this a priority on your visit!
Written 15 November 2022
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Great to hear you had a nice time Kimberly, Natalie and Emily will be really glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the review! Do come again. Oxford Castle Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 18 November 2022
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jonnyeurostar
london19 contributions
Nov 2022
Incredibly entertaining and informative tour given by guide Jordan. Well worth including in any Oxford visit. Friendly and polite staff on the front desk.
Written 14 November 2022
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Thanks Jonny! ? Jordan will be really pleased that you had a great time. Do come again soon. Oxford Castle Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 18 November 2022
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Orlagh
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Couples
Me and my partner came to Oxford for our anniversary weekend and we’re so glad that we made it to the Oxford castle and prison as part of the trip! It was really well organised with the tour and then the free exploration afterwards. We especially loved the mug shot part of the experience!

Our tour guide Crystal made the experience so interesting and fun and you could tell that she was really passionate about the castle and prison’s history!

We’ve already recommended it to friends and family and will definitely be coming back here for another visit some time :)
Written 13 November 2022
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Amazing to hear, really glad you had such a nice time visiting our Castle and Prison. Crystal will be so pleased you had a nice time. Thank you so much for recommending us to your friends and family, and for leaving us such a nice review. We hope you can come back again soon. Oxford Castle and Prison Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 14 November 2022
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Jenna W
Adelaide, Australia79 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
A very enjoyable hour-long tour with some gory and interesting history. Great guide (Oliver B). The panoramic views of Oxford from the mound and the tower are fantastic.

Note on accessibility: tour not appropriate for those with disability/problems with stairs as that is half of the tour, although staff are very friendly and try to accommodate as best they can. Claustrophobia may also be a problem.
Historic sites were not built mobility friendly, unfortunately! You can buy some lovely mead at the shop.
Written 9 November 2022
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Oliver will be pleased you had such a nice tour. We do try to be s accessible as possible with video presentations for guests, but as you said, part of the tour is a 900-year-old tower. Thank you for the kind review and we hope you will come back again. Oxford Castle Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 11 November 2022
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