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Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY , England
+44 1865 260666
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Ranked #17 of 95 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Oxford Castle Unlocked explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

My partner and I went on this not really knowing what to expect. My partner is an open hater of guided tours but agreed to do the tour as it was something I wanted to do. As it turned out he loved this tour. Our guide was fantastic and really knew the facts about the castle and responded well to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We found this place excellent value for money. It obviously has lots of free places in Oxford to compete with and so makes that extra effort. The tour guide was informative and witty and dressed for the part as a prison warden. He was not robotic and was happy to deviate from "his script" when we showed an interest in... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Mr Barker won't be happy that you had so much fun! I'm surprised he let you out to be honest but clearly you have a level of cunning that helped you escape. I'm glad you did and were able to write such a lovely review for us. We are working really hard to stand out in the city and present... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Having lived 10 minutes down the road from oxford all my life I thought it time to visit the castle and I'm really glad I did . Not very expensive for a city like oxford . Our guide who was dressed as a highway woman was very funny and engaging and included everybody one way or another in the tour... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. It's strange how many locals to Oxford haven't yet visited, so I'm glad you were able to head down and see what it was all about. It seems that we never go to things on our doorstep but hopefully this review will highlight what fun there is to be had at the castle. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We booked our Jailbreak experience not knowing what to expect. We were 3 French people + one 15 month old. The staff was very good with us from booking to experience and we absolutely enjoy ourselves. Sam was our host and she was so enthusiastic about it, it was contagious. She set up the story very well and really got... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

A great review, thank you. Sam will be pleased that you had such a good time as she and a couple of the team have been working really hard to make it accessible and interesting for all levels. I think she set it up to be more challenging as you looked like a group that could handle it. Even being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Went to oxford for the day without doing any research beforehand and found the castle and pleased we did. All of the staff were great and added to the atmosphere. The tour guide was great (didn't get his real name, but he was the convicted murderer not the prison guard) he made the visit and we would highly recommend. Prison... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Really pleased you stumbled across us and had such a great time. I know the prison walls can sometimes be a little disconcerting but I'd encourage everyone to venture it... it's worth it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Bought a combined bus tour and castle ticket. Great costumed characters to bring the castle alive. Don't forget to climb the mount and go down the well. The hotel next door has been converted from the prison and at night peeking through the window nothing had changed. A must visit attraction wet or dry.

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Always great to play host to City Sight Seeing guests. We have a strong relationship with the bus tours and they are a wonderful way to see the whole of Oxford (and it saves on walking everywhere which will leave you with enough energy to climb our tower). And, as you mention, if you are still feeling sprightly after the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

What a great experience, this is a real trip through time with your own costumed guide. In our case Isaac the highwayman escorted us through the ages from The castle's medieval origins to its last use as a prison. Plenty of stories bring the history to life. The view from the top of the keep is good, worth the climb... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Many thanks for the lovely review. And although Mr Darkin is not long for this world, he'll at least be pleased that one of his last acts was to make your visit more enjoyable. Maybe we'll give him a reprieve for now!! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We booked in advance and four of us went for the jailbreak experience at Oxford Castle for my father's birthday. We were brought upstairs to a large room (cell) and given a bit of background information and then we were locked in and left to solve the clues in order to escape. Without giving too much away, we had one... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you so much for our first Jail Break review. With it being a new product it's always interesting to get feedback on the experiences people have. We've worked really hard to make sure its authentic and tests the brain power of those that attend. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This attraction was interesting, but we expected more dramatics and spooky story telling, which was portrayed from the brochure. Worth a look if you are interested in the history of the Castle.

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Great to hear you found the attraction interesting, but such a shame that we didn't match your expectations. I'd be interested to know where you saw the detail about our "spooky story telling" as, although we hope to entice guests in with atmospheric undertones, we do feel our brochure is designed so as not to mislead on our overall offer.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I was a little worried that this was going to be corny with the tour guide portraying a character, but Mr. Barker, an 1870's jailor, had just the right mix of his own personality and that of his character. It was a very interesting tour which showed the history of the town, rather than just the colleges. It is unbelievable... More 

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I'm very glad you enjoyed it so much. We do like our guides to offer up some of the presence the characters they portray would have had, but you're right that its all about the balance. As for the stories we tell, the Castle and then the prison have been at the heart of... More 

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