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Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY , England
01865 260 666
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Ranked #19 of 100 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Oxford Castle – Unlocked is a 1000-year castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years. The attraction offers a 40-minute... more » Owner description: Oxford Castle – Unlocked is a 1000-year castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years. The attraction offers a 40-minute guided tour with a costumed character from the castle’s history, exploring the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt, the preserved prison wing and the archaic man-made mound, offering breathtaking views across Oxford’s dreaming spires. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We did the great escape tour, up the tower & the crypt, our guide was really good she made the tour very interesting I dont want to give too much away but it is well worth doing & if you have stayed at the Malmasion you get 10% discount on your ticket

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Merthyr Tydfil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Great visit but there are over 100 steps to climb on this tour which was unexpected. The tour itself was excellent and very enjoyable, not a great deal of the old castle to see as much of the prison is 18th century, but the Saxon St. Georges tower and 900 year old crypt were great. Well worth a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyable visit with very good historical character guides and great views from atop the tower. Additional interesting history of the more recent use as a prison and visiting some remaining 'wings'. Also other activities going on ariound the castle and plenty of seating to relax, have a break and/or people watch.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Down side is that there are loads of steep steps to climb, so not for the infirm. But once you get up to the top of the castle the views are spectacular. Very engaging guide in costume character of Robert Thacker.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I came here to see the outdoor cinema shows and it was an amazing setting. The staff were friendly, the prices were reasonable and the historic backdrop was fantastic.

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High Wycombe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited here last week with our 11yr old grandaughter. Did not know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised with our visit. By the previous reviews on the guides, we were lucky to get a guide acting as a prison inmate, complete with prison uniform. I cannot remember his name, but he was very very good. We spent... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

An excellent guided tour, with great guide in costume, each one different character through the ages, each telling his/her own story.

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Chatteris, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

If you are after knights and princes, this isn't really it as it has spend much of it's life as a prison however that in it's self is interesting ands there is a fair bit of medieval history too, just that it looks less the part for it being a prison. Still good though, worth the money and the ghost... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had pre-booked a tour before we arrived to save a bit of money. We were shown around by "Robert Thacker" a highwayman played brilliantly by Tiris (apologies if spelt his name wrong!) The tour lasts about an hour and is basically stories about the previous prisoners and a walk up the tower. (Spiral staircase and 101 steps - not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

In Oxford for 2 nights, we wanted to do something touristy/historical that wasn't too long or serious and this fitted the bill perfectly. It's a tour of what is left of the castle and crypt that was then used as a prison (unbelievably when you see the cells, a working prison until as recently as 1997). Our tour guide was... More

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