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Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46, Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY , England
01865 260 666
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Ranked #18 of 99 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The history of the tower and former prison are neat. However the location is fairly small and the tour is relatively short- at the end you are sent off on your own to visit the prison museum on the first floor (and aren't allowed to venture back to the old tower). Visitors are also free to visit the old tower... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the castle at the weekend and although it was busy,we didn't have to wait long for the tour.I thought the tour was a bit pricey to say you only visited a small part of what is left of the castle but the tour is interesting.You get to see the castle tower and hear some funny and gruesome tales... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The food was wonderful and luxurious. A great place to relax in the evening after a hard day of work.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

a great trip but make sure you get there early once the big tours start to arrive it gets very cramped and the tours get a bit rushed

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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A jailor was our guide. He created just enough spooky atmosphere to please our girls, but not too much to frighten them. We were guided through the castle and its history with details about former prisoners, kings and queens. We learned what it took to bribe your way to the top prison floor and how some might have escaped. We... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We did the tour on 7/7/14, our tour guide was the gypsy. She was funny and very informative, she made the tour! We thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about the castle and prison and the stories of those who had been sent there. Was hoping to meet a ghost in the crypt, but no such luck! Would really recommend this tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We loved this attraction. You do need to be comfortable walking up a narrow winding staircase as you travel up to the top. It was interesting and the guides are very good in character. You get to walk around some of the old cells at the end and have your mug shot taken if you want to.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Tour was taken by gypsy who was knowledgable and humorous. Banter between staff and customers made for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Worth a visit, especially with kids above 4ft tall, there is a height restriction on climbing the tower stairs. Keep up the good work Gypsy !!

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had the first tour on a Saturday morning. The tour begins in the gift shop/entry which made it hard to hear our guide since people were being loud in the gift shop. Our guide seemed a bit nervous but did a fairly good job staying in character. The 'tour' is actually just walking up to one set of cells... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very enjoyable tour. Guide was informative and entertaining and kept the pace and commentary lively. Then as much time as you want to see the prison displays on your own and they were also well put together. It's possible to also climb the motte but engineering work prevented this on the day of our visit but they did say if... More

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