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Address: 44-46, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY , England
Phone Number: +44 1865 260666
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Description: 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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Was great to see a place that I had read about - this is where Empress Matilada escaped in magnificent style - just experiencing history is amazing

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Was great to see a place that I had read about - this is where Empress Matilada escaped in magnificent style - just experiencing history is amazing

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Honeybourne, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We had an hour and half to spare, so popped in for what we thought would be a quick visit and quickly ran out of time. Wonderful guide and great views. We have already decided to visit again on a clear day when we have more time!

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Unlocked, Public Relations Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback. I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit and found it so informative that you couldn't fit it all in! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon for you to complete your experience when no doubt, you'll meet another engaging castle character as your guide.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

what a great experience and interestingly informative. having no knowledge of oxford castle/prison it was definitely an eye opener. we had a great tour guild and all the staff were polite and friendly. would definitely have a visit and get your picture taken for a reasonably priced souvenir.

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Unlocked, Public Relations Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and found the tour guide so engaging. I will pass your compliments on to the whole team who will be delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit so much, enhanced by their great customer service. I hope to welcome... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Not much of the actual castle remains but we had an excellent costumed guide who made the visit interesting and added some fun to the visit. Maybe more of a time filler than something that would top the "must do" list when visiting Oxford.

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Maroochydore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This probably wouldn't be your first choice if you've never been to Oxford and have limited time. However, it is a bit of fun and the costumed guides do a fabulous job of describing the history of the "castle" and prison. Children seem to enjoy this change of pace from the more "serious" museums and galleries in town.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Firstly there is no castle. There is the tower which was once part of the castle. The views from the tower are underwhelming due to modern developments and not worth the climb up. The prison wing is unguided although there are information posters throughout. If you've visited one prison you have seen it all before. There are much more interesting... More 

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Unlocked, Public Relations Manager at Oxford Castle Unlocked, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. The Castle aspect of the Oxford Castle Unlocked name refers to the early function of the site which was a Castle from 1071. The Tower is actually of Saxon origins and is one of the oldest buildings in the City so it is disappointing that you were underwhelmed by it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have been to some prison attractions like Robben Island where Mandela was, a historical castle in Barcelona and another one in Johannesburg but Oxford Castle Unlocked is extraordinaire because the guides are in costumes and each guide has his/her own personal story to tell. It was entertaining and one will learn the history in fun way. I was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Oxford Castle may not be one of the big 'Castle guns' but it punches well above its weight! Visited on the 15th July and me and my brother where impressed. The guided tour was great. Our Highwayman tour guide (I forgot his name!) was concise and engaging. Please pass on our gratitude for his wonderful story telling and overall persona.... More 

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bridlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The tour is very informative and it was extremely interesting to hear about the history of the site. Our tour guide, the gypsy was very engaging and funny but didn't leave out any information and kept everyone fully engaged for the whole tour. Fantastic! I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Oxford

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The tour was great, a really nice tour guide explained all the history in a fun an easily understandable manner. The castle was beautiful to see too.

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Address: 44-46, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 260666
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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