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Oxford Castle and Prison

In a nutshell

History will come to life when you join a costumed character guide for an hour-long tour around atmospheric Oxford Castle & Prison. Lots to discover!

Address

44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY

Contact details

Tel: 01865 260666

Web: www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk

Activity type

Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Theatre and Entertainment

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide

£47.80

(based on family of 4)

Oxford Castle and Prison details...

Enjoy a great family day out exploring the 1,000-year history of Oxford Castle & Prison. Step back in time with costumed guided tours and listen to fascinating stories as they are brought to life. Discover the great tales of Empress Matilda, the curse of Rowland Jenkes and the unfortunate fate of Mary Blandy.

Climb the 101 steps of St. George’s Tower to find dramatic views of the dreaming spires; descend into the atmospheric Crypt of St. George’s Chapel which has ties to Arthurian Legend and the University of Oxford and wander the prison corridors, taking a look inside real jail cells where notorious prisoners were once held.

After your guided tour, you can explore the site at your own leisure. Hear the walls talk in the interactive padded cell and enjoy learning more about the site’s history in the exhibition space. Head outside and climb the mound, the remains of the motte and baily castle.

In the summer, Oxford Castle & Prison hosts Knight School, a medieval inspired workshop which trains children to become little warriors. The Oxford Shakespeare Festival is a summer staple of outdoor theatre, whilst Ghost Fest is sure to give you a scare over Halloween. During Christmas all tours are led by lantern light, reminiscent of Victorian England in the winter.

Step inside and do 1,000 years of time in the oldest building of Oxford!

Under 5s are not allowed up the tower. They will need to be supervised by an adult at the base of the tower.

Opening times

Open all year round except 24th-26th December

First tour of the day – 10am

Last tour of the day – 5pm

Please see Oxford Castle’s website to find out more and book tickets in advance.

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Oxford Castle and Prison Events

The Three Musketeers at Oxford Castle

Open 11th June 2021 - 12th June 2021


Book your tickets for this fun family show at medieval Oxford Castle on 11th and 12th June. Will the Musketeers get back the Queen's prize diamonds?


Tom’s Midnight Garden at Oxford Castle

Open 1st July 2021 - 2nd July 2021


Enjoy Frankly Speaking Productions' ballet adaptation of the children's classic tale at Oxford Castle on 1st and 2nd July. Book your tickets today!


The Oxford Shakespeare Festival at Oxford Castle

Open 12th July 2021 - 21st August 2021


Surprise the family with tickets for summer evening productions at Oxford Castle of some of Shakespeare's finest works. Find out what's on and book a treat.


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