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Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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+44 1865 260666
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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Oxford Castle Unlocked explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by...

Oxford Castle Unlocked explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed character guides, 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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Fun and interesting tour!

Had a great guided tour from the Empress Mathilda! Came to Oxford with the parents for the day and decided to check this out. The tour was fun and really interesting. Nice and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great guided tour from the Empress Mathilda! Came to Oxford with the parents for the day and decided to check this out. The tour was fun and really interesting. Nice and balanced, kids were kept entertained and interesting history for the adults! A walk to the top of the mound was also worth it for some good views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A guided tour from King Stephen himself (Nephew of Henry 1st, ruled for 19yrs) packed full of fun facts and gruesome detail that kept myself and two 11yr old boys in rapt attention for 1.5 hours. All delivered in character, with great humour, alongside demonstrations of Jacobean and Victorian crime and punishment, plus the odd Ghost story too! A blast... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bought tickets from the Castle for both the castle and City Sightseeing bus tour. Character tour guide made the experience. Tour was funny and informative. There was a mix of adult couples and families with children from 8 to early teens, all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Lovely views at the top of the castle, the guide gives everyone plenty... More 

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Unlocked, Public Relations Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed your visit to Oxford Castle Unlocked and found the tour guide so engaging. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to the guides and also to Tom, who will be delighted to hear how they enhanced your experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle tour was great fun, full of interesting historical facts. The tour guide was excellent and really managed to bring the history alive. Definitely recommended.

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Weymouth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent tour of the old castle (what is left of it) and a journey through history. Entertaining guide and friendly staff. Ticket also includes free access to the nearby 'motte'. Good value.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

And it was loads of fun! My wife and I spent the day in Oxford and knew we had to tour the Castle. We were taken on a trip through the past of this historic building and the events that took place here. Elizabeth Lilburne (our historic tour guide) guided us up the winding staircase, into old prison rooms, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating taste of Oxford history rarely noticed. A very articulate tour guide with an excellent and absorbing knowledge of the castle. A visit through the ages and an interesting look at Oxford. Excellent value and one not to be missed.

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fareham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fantastic tour round the castle yesterday. Our highway man guide brought alive the history of the castle. There are some steep steps which are pointed out before to start the climb to the top. The views are amazing from the top of the tower. The guide was informative, polite and engaging. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time today with the dashing highway man Isaac Darkin - exciting tales of empresses and executions to entertain the little ones, packed full of historical details for those with slightly more studious intentions! The tours provide a great introduction to the castle's complex history and I would thoroughly recommend them. Congratulations to the staff - the... More 

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Unlocked, Public Relations Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I’m so pleased to read you had such an enjoyable experience at Oxford Castle Unlocked. We recommend our tours to those aged five and over so your six year old would have been at the right age to begin enjoying our horrible history style stories! I will make sure to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful way to spend a couple of hours..our character tour guide Elizabeth was both entertaining and informative with some charming humour thrown in. The narrow steep spiral stairs mean this is not a trip for the infirm. Would have liked to have seen a bit of the modern prison.

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