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.
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