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Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford

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Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Experience 1,000 years of hidden history at Oxford Castle & Prison. 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 & Prison and other attractions in Oxford using our Oxford trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Oxford Castle and Prison were fascinating with plenty of history and a great guided tour, all safely managed with social distancing. The staff were super helpful and it was well worth the visit!  more »
  • Lovely little castle. Can highly recommend the guided tour, worth every penny and one plus side to Covid mean that the group was relatively small so it was a very enjoyable experience. Nice gift shop....  more »
  • The tour was very detailed and informative. Exhibits and sights seen within were well preserved and visually impressive. Our tour guide, Becca, was amazing and made the tour every bit better. Well worth the hour it takes to complete.
  • Loved every second at the Castle and Prison. Big shout out to Becca who took us around on the tour. Really enjoyed it.

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