Wasn't sure what to expect when I visited Oxford Castle with my wife and two sons, who are 8 and 6. However, it was one of the most enjoyable attractions we have visited. Our tour guide was in the character of a prisoner, and the first part of the attraction is a talk at the base of the tower, followed by a climb to the top of the tower, with a break halfway up. Our 6 year old managed the stairs fine, and the small size of the group (15 in ours) works well, and encourages a feeling of camaraderie. There were some great views of Oxford from the top of the tower, without it feeling too scary for those of us who are not great with heights! We then descended the tower and went into the crypt- again, just scary enough for younger kids, and not too claustrophobic for those of us with multiple mild phobias! The trip then progressed into the prison and after a brief talk in a couple of the cells, we were left to our own devices to wander the prison, castle and mount.
I can't praise the tour guide enough, fascinating tales and plenty of jokes without him overstepping into taking the mickey.
A great attraction, and one that leaves a lasting impression on you. Our 6-year-old is asking to go back again, and even the café has great, reasonably priced food.
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