Oxford Castle & Prison
Oxford Castle & Prison
4.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ian T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely interesting
    I've been to many castle and this was one of the best. Melissa, our guide was very knowledgeable and threw in some humourous comments. The history of the castle and the prison prison was very interesting. Melissa explained where some common saying came from eg earmark (won't give it here as you need to hear it context). A must stop when visiting Oxford.
    We know exactly which you mean, and it does stay in the memory! Really glad you had a great tour, and we've passed on your compliments to Melissa!
    Written 13 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Annwright404
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We prebooked the tour of Oxford Castle which meant we had a choice of times and no queues. The history of this site is amazing, as described by Melissa our tour guide. Definitely worth a trip, even on a whistle stop tour
    Melissa will be so pleased you had such a nice time on your visit! We hope you can come again, and thank you for such a nice review! The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 13 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Maisy B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    I took a couple of friends to visit Oxford castle as I’ve been there a few times over the years and always loved it. Frederick was our guide this time and he was amazing!! The experience was insightful and interesting (and humorous at times!) and we could tell Frederick knew his stuff. Overall a great experience!!
    Thank you for visiting and leaving us such a nice review! Frederick will be really pleased you enjoyed the tour. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 20 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom575 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Informative and interesting that a lot of the very old prison still exists. The guide was full of enthusiasm, but the age group of the people in our group meant that people were reluctant to join in with things as much as youngsters would have been. Included in the price is access to the Castle mound which gives a good view of Oxford.
    Thank you for the five-star review. We really appreciate you letting us know how nice your visit was. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 28 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Kelly O
    United Kingdom300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, what a great way to learn about history.
    After our boat trip down the canal we thought we’d end our day with a visit to the castle and prison. Kezia, our tour guide, was a very informative young lady who quite obviously enjoyed her job. The castle is well maintained and the views from the tower are amazing. Would definitely recommend visiting it.
    We are really happy your tour was so enjoyable! Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again soon. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 5 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Nicole H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Melissa is excellent! Impressive site
    I visited today and was the only person on my guided tour. Melissa was an enthusiastic and engaging tour guide. The tour was so fascinating and I could tell she really enjoys telling each story, which made the whole experience even better.
    Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 5 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Mark S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enthralling journey through Oxford Castle and Prison with Emily!
    Emily, our exceptional guide, made the Oxford Castle tour truly captivating. Her profound knowledge and captivating storytelling brought history and haunting tales to life. She kept us spellbound throughout the tour. I highly recommend joining Emily on the Oxford Castle tour for an unforgettable journey into the past.
    Thank you for the review, I will make sure Emily knows you had such a nice time on your visit. Do come again soon. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 5 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Happiness66249427462
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and informative!
    Excellent tour by Melissa! Informative, engaging, and witty. After enjoying the tour and views from the tower, we stayed an additional 30-45 minutes to explore the exhibits and the surrounds of the castle. Well worth the visit while in Oxford.
    Melissa will be so pleased you had such a nice tour, our tour guides are great, and we really appreciate your feedback about how great they are. We hope you can come again. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 13 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Graham C
    Banbury, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and good value
    Excellent tour guide (Melissa) True 1000 year history tour. Great to climb up the tower. Nice to be left alone to wander after the tour and take it all in. Tempted to go back and try a History Walk. It was that engageing!!
    Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Ufton
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a trip
    Very informative and animated tour by Emily . Really enjoyed it . Lots learnt about the history of the prison and Emily really brought it all to life . I am disabled and she was really helpful ensuring that I could access most of the tour ( except the steps) . Would certainly recommend a visit .
    Emily will be so pleased you had such a nice time on your visit! We hope you can come again, and thank you for such a nice review! The Oxford Castle & Prison Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
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Chris W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The tour provided by Aiden was excellent. He bought the Oxford Castle and prison to life. Enjoyed his humour and patience. Highly recommended.
Written 13 May 2024
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OzGirl19
Calgary, Canada140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Aidan was a fabulous guide. Telling the tales of the tower and walking us through the history of the castle. The tour lasts about 30 mins then you can tour the exhibition and motte. A great history of Royalty and prisons, and reform.
Written 13 May 2024
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josh b
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Aidan was an exceptional guide on the Oxford castle tour, offering insightful historical context with engaging storytelling. His passion for the subject matter truly brought the experience to life, making it both educational and entertaining. Highly recommended!
Written 13 May 2024
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Stuart Donna M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Aiden delivered the tour with great enthusiasm.
The tour didn’t last too long and the pace was suitable for everyone.
An enjoyable visit.
Written 13 May 2024
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mycotswoldlad
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit, a great insight into the history of Oxford the connections to the Castle and Prison.
I didn’t realise Oxford Oxford had such a chequered past.
Written 9 May 2024
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Thanks for the five-star review! We're so glad you enjoyed hearing about our history, and we really appreciate you coming and visiting us. We hope you will come again soon! - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 13 May 2024
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Nifferii
Shepton Mallet, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A very enjoyable experience from start to finish. A warm welcome, plenty of variety to mull over in the gift shop while we waited for our tour to start, a fantastic tour by Jade - very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm. And very friendly staff either side of our tour - thank you to Emily and everyone else we met!
Written 8 May 2024
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Thanks for the five-star review! We'll pass your compliments on to Jade and Emily, and the rest of the team; they will be so glad you had a good time! We really appreciate your feedback about your experience, and we hope you can come again. - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 13 May 2024
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claytonjnl
Ashburn, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had Emily as our tour guide for the Oxford Castle & Prison and she was amazing! She had great energy and personality that fit for the roll of an engaging tour guide. She also had a ton of historical knowledge and an obvious love of English history. We enjoyed hearing about Empress Matilda and many others who were imprisoned at the castle. Definitely recommend the tour and hopefully you’ll get Emily as a guide.
Written 8 May 2024
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We're really glad you enjoyed your experience! We'll pass your compliments on to Emily. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, and we hope to see you soon! - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 13 May 2024
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Mobile761937
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was a ery informative and enjoyable experience. Our guide Aaron? was very enthusiastic and his attitude and knowledge really added to the enjoyment of our visit.
Written 7 May 2024
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Our team members will be so pleased you had such a nice visit, we really appreciate your feedback about your visit. We hope you can come again. - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 8 May 2024
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James S
United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Decided to visit when we arrived in Oxford for the day. We were in luck that the next tour started 5 mins later. The guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The tour was really good. After the end of the tour you're free to spend more time going back to where you visited (other than the tower). Highly recommend
Written 7 May 2024
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Our team will be over the moon to hear you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon. - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 8 May 2024
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Debby B
Chelmsford, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Although I had been 11 years ago, I enjoyed the tour just as much this time, although I decided to give the 100+ stairs in the tower a miss, as my knees are now 11 years older.
Our costumed guide, Ellie, was a delight; she was very bubbly and knowledgeable and involved the visitors in every room. We came out much better informed and delighted with the experience. Highly recommended, if quite expensive at £18 per adult. Our student only got £1 off and there are no concessions for over 60's.
Written 5 May 2024
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Ellie is great, and will be really happy they made your tour so enjoyable! Thankyou for visiting us again and leaving such positive feedback. - The Oxford Castle & Prison Team, Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 8 May 2024
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