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Oxford Castle Unlocked

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Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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+44 1865 260666
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30

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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Fantastic and interesting visit to Oxford castle

Pre booked our tour online using a discount code found in our hotel room in jurys Inn. We had our own private tour as no one else had booked on our time slot! Our guide was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Pre booked our tour online using a discount code found in our hotel room in jurys Inn. We had our own private tour as no one else had booked on our time slot! Our guide was Roland Jenckes. Who was very knowledgeable and engaging. He was refreshingly enthusiastic about history and made a real effort even with just the two... More 

Thank Amit P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely loved spending the morning at Oxford Castle. The staff are all really friendly and helpful and I would really recommend the guided tour - you are shown around the Castle by one of the historical figures who resided there at one time or another. Our tour guide, a highwayman who was kept in Oxford Castle when it was... More 

Thank ChazLou7
Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This castle has lots of interesting stories along the history. The only way to see it with their tour, which takes about an hour, and is led by an actor. It is a bot off the city center, and therefore not one of the must-see places if you come to Oxford just for one day. If you do go there... More 

Thank moratderech
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived in Oxford for a day and didn't even know they had a castle. We decided to get a family ticket, and was taken round by a tour guide dressed as empress matilda, who has a story within the castle. Our tour guide was fantastic, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. And the castle it was amazing, the mound was great... More 

Thank Seasidegirl29
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We decided to limit our visit to visiting the mound. This costs £1, The mound has no rails on it so if you have mobility problems beware. We bought the tickets from the Oxford Castle Unlocked ticket office. The staff were dressed in costume and were pleasant. Good idea to visit the Oxford Castle Unlocked if it rains or is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well my tour guide was thr Jailer himself! The character guides are a nice touch, and my guide was very knowledgeable and well prepared. The building is historically significant up to its final days as a prison in the 1990's! Gruesome details, as this was never a happy place! Great value for the money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really liked this tour, was better than i expected, great knowledge and performance by the guy who played King Charles, and had a nice chat after. I thought the entry fee was pretty reasonable too , would definately reccomend.

Thank stevespeggy
Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks 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 

Thank Miles D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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