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“Excellent for all ages”

Oxford Castle Unlocked
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US$14.28*
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Oxford Castle Unlocked Entrance Ticket Including Guided Tour
Ranked #11 of 177 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Oxford Castle Unlocked 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.
Southampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent for all ages”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

The visit begins with a guide who is in full costume and acting the role of a specific known prisoner from the past. This was my second visit and as I had a different "character" taking my tour, so it was different from the last time. The tour begins with a short video showing how the castle was built, destroyed (partially) and became a prison. The next part involves walking up 100 spiral stairs to the roof. However, there are two stops in rooms enroute where your guide tells tales of the castle and puts a volunteer in the stocks. Eventually you end up on the roof, which has great views over Oxford. Down to the crypt for ghost stories next, following by the cells of the Georgian and Victorian prison. At this point you guide leaves you to explore the Victorian to modern section. There is a hospital wing with a real padded cell, and interesting videos of former prisoners discussing prison life (the prison only closed in 1996). The tour guide took "mugshot" photos of us but I have no idea why. I assumed they would try to sell the photos to us at the end, but I never saw them. It was VERY cold, as Saxon prisons have no heating.

Visited November 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Really enjoyable”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

Me and my wife were really pleased with this. You have a tour guide for some of it and then you sure free to wonder. It was very good.

Visited November 2012
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Could do more.”
Reviewed 1 November 2012

The tour was well conducted (by Warden Barker), but it seemed to end suddenly and far too quickly for what the price was. I liked it, and would have liked to hear more stories.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A wonderful guide”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

That attraction is really good to learn about Oxford his castle, prison and history!
The guides are really good and have really funny story to tell.
The price is really reasonable as well.
Have a good trip

Visited October 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“More like a prison”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

Lots of Interesting things to see on how life was years ago and how much it changed from being a prison to a nice Hotel. There is a lot of history to hear about this place and how many people were hung here many years ago, and how they were hung and why they were hung.

Visited September 2012
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