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“Could do more.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Oxford Castle Unlocked

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
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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.
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Could do more.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The tour was well conducted (by Warden Barker), but it seemed to end suddenly and far too quickly for what the price was. I liked it, and would have liked to hear more stories.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

That attraction is really good to learn about Oxford his castle, prison and history!
The guides are really good and have really funny story to tell.
The price is really reasonable as well.
Have a good trip

Visited October 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“More like a prison”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Lots of Interesting things to see on how life was years ago and how much it changed from being a prison to a nice Hotel. There is a lot of history to hear about this place and how many people were hung here many years ago, and how they were hung and why they were hung.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful sense of history!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

My friend and I were waiting when the castle opened and we had the guide all to ourselves and he was delightful! The sense of history is magical to a history buff like me. The story of Matilda's escape into a winter storm seemed to be happening as I stood there and listened to the guide give the description. In a city blanketed with history, this stood out.

Visited October 2012
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Westmount, Canada
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“This is Cool - It is about the Prison!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Interesting history and stories, but be warned that there is almost no castle, and most of this tour is about the prison that took over. - Check out the Malmaison hotel which has renovated part of the prison as a neat modern hotel (just walk around to see it)

Visited October 2012
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