We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 10:00 - 17:30
Book In Advance
All photos (649)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“guided tour”(201 reviews)
“period costume”(23 reviews)
“malmaison hotel”(23 reviews)
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
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
Ways to Experience Oxford Castle & Prison
from US$14.56
More Info
from US$20.60
More Info
Reviews (1,748)
Filter reviews
1,609 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsguided tourperiod costumemalmaison hotelgreat attractiongreat tourworth a visitspiral staircaseinteresting historyworth the climbinteresting visitcome alivecouple of hoursmounddollstowercharacterhighwayman
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,609 reviews
Reviewed today via mobile

Absolutely brilliant, Prisoner Smith was a very knowledgeable guide who made the tour come to life. Would recommend a visit to this amazing attraction.

Thank Stuart H
Reviewed today via mobile

Creepy photos of original inmates from 1800s ..... so uncanny ! A fab tour guide in full costume from the era. Along the walls, a timeline of the history of England - very helpful . Finally, pull the lever of the hangman at the end...More

Thank 365giannad
Reviewed yesterday

In a city full of historic buildings, Oxford Castle's Saxon Tower (1009) is the oldest that you can see. Our wonderful guide, MOLLY, took us up more than 100 winding and narrow steps (with a break about half way), all the while placing the site...More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are a group of students ( and teacher) from Argentina and today we visited the Oxford Museum Unlocked. Our guide Peter, the prisioner from the Victorian Era, was very interesting to listen to, clear at the moment of telling about the history of the...More

Thank Valeria G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The tour itself was interesting, enlivened by our guide Sasha’s enthusiastic and knowledgable presentation. The whole castle area is well presented and a pleasure to to visit.

Thank Linsley M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was a very pleasant visit of the castle and the prison. The guide was really great and entertaining. We have learned about the history of Oxford and also England. It takes about an hour to do the tour and then we could go to...More

1  Thank Héloïse P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during our family holiday and spent an hour with Molly as our guide. Thanks for making our visit enjoyable and educational Molly. Worth a visit!

Thank Andreas L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a really interesting place to visit, hats off to the tour guide who, dressed in his prisoners uniform, gave an in depth history of the castle and jail whilst being able to keep it interesting and at times amusing. If you are visiting Oxford...More

Thank 157barriem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on the tour by myself. The guide was knowledgeable and enjoyed acting the part. This site in part dates to the 10th century but was used as a prison until the 90s. The exhibit is informative. You walk up a narrow winding staircase...More

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful guide in the form of a previous prisoner played her role well and explained the history if the area and how the prisoners were treated. A walk to the top of the tower gives a fabulous 360 degree view of the city

Thank Lorna S
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
lil d
17 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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!
4 October 2016|
Response from neetylou |
according to the web site yes
28 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Anne A | Reviewed this property |
The guides are all dressed as the personalities of the time. I don't recall mannequins