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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...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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All reviews guided tour period costume malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase interesting visit worth a visit interesting history worth the climb couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda rowland harris
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fun quick climb up the hill if the weather is pleasant. The tour was really fun and very informative, our guide Alistar was very engaging and made it great fun for everyone. The 180 steps weren’t as bad as they sound, definitely worth it once...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lina8979
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love history so an ideal place for me. The tour was really great, informative and much more interactive than I expected. Had Rob as my guide; he made the tour a lot more fun as seen in the pic attached. Definitely recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank FeelTheBerni
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi! We're so happy to hear that your tour bested your expectations- thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 2 days ago

Our tour guide Molly was really knowledgable about the history of the castle and made the tour very interesting and fun with lots of interacting. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank josiahfrancis
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Josiah, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Molly's tour! Thank you so much for endorsing us!

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very surprised by the history of this place. Very interesting and a little creepy too. Never the less a good fun way to spend an hour Or two. Reasonably priced and good for a wet day. Although it is rather cold in there. As you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank richardmX5919EK
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Richard- we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit! Winter definitely turns our site into a bit of an ice-box- but do come back in summer, we'll be the coolest place in Oxford in August! Thanks so much for reviewing us!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Our guide, Alistair, brought the history of Oxford Jail to life. His deep knowledge and wonderful connection with his audience, us! We never realised just how varied a life the castle and jail has gone through! A must place to visit if you are in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi! Thanks so much for endorsing us! We're so pleased to hear that Alistair gave you such a good experience!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Interesting insight into this former prison. Excellent guide called Alistair who brought the whole thing to life. There is quite a daunting narrow spiral staircase up to the top of the tower which I chickened out of along with a couple of others. Don't let...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jennie-jay
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jennie, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Alistair's tour! As you say, the stairs are not a lot of fun to climb- we don't know how the Norman's did it every day! Thanks so much for reviewing us¬

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled across this castle on a whim!! Decided we would do the last guided tour of the day! Reasonably priced also as someone who knew minimal about Oxford and the history it was extremely informative. Robin and Becca (sorry if names incorrect) were amazing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank keelyann98
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Keelyann- we're so happy to hear that you made the choice to visit us! Thank you so much for your lovely review (Becca's first as a new tour guide!) and we're so pleased to hear that everyone gave you a good visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend stayed at the Malmaison Oxford Hotel last night, then went to the Oxford Castle Prison Tour today. The tour guide was great, very useful and informative- very sorry we can’t remember his name! Would recommend a visit, and you receive a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Harriet F
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Harriet- Wow, how interesting to be able to learn about the cells and also experience them first hand! We're so pleased to hear that you had a good tour- thank you so much for recommending us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a saturday afternoon and the tour took roughly an hour. The site has some interesting history - although it was a bit weird to be told English history from an Italian tour guide (he was really good to be fair). If you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SWalms72
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi! Thanks for reviewing us- we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour! We at Oxford Castle are happy that we have such excellent tour guides of all nationalities to deliver the story of our 1000 years of history- and as you say,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Oxford for the day and visited the Castle. The tour guide, Molly, was really informative and entertaining! 10 out of 10 for her. I think the exposition was kind of small though, I truly believe they can take more advantage of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Néstor A
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Molly's tour! Unfortunately we are quite constrained by the sheer amount of history we have here and the hour time limit- but if you do have any suggestions as to how we can improve, please do...More

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clarkrfamily
11 February 2019|
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Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance
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26 October 2018|
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Response from OxfordCastlePrison | Property representative |
Hello there! If you want to visit us at a specific time, we would highly recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, if you're relaxed on which timed tour you go on, then we would say just turn up on the day and book that way... More
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!
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