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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, 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...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This was a lovely day out. I tok my 2 young kids and my elderly dad with me and we all enjoyed ourselves. There are a lot of stairs to the top but they aren't too narrow or steep and the view is well worth...More

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

The castle is small and not much you can enjoy but they show you a lot superb pictures old landscape of old cities of England that you can enjoy. But for sure the university city has it's own interesting to show tourist. I loved the...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Really interesting to look round the extremley ancient to the very modern prison. Poor disabled access, so don't be disappointed if you can't access everything :(

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Reviewed January 17, 2012

What a shame that the businesses here and the restaurants never seem full. Not far from the city centre. No particular reason to spend much time here in my opinion as an Oxford resident.

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Great tour, fascinating facts and wanted to tip the guide but she ran off!!

Date of experience: January 2012
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Unlocked, Guest Relations Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2012

Thank you very much! Your guide may well have spotted Warder Barker jangling his keys at her. Not to worry though, she'll have time off for good behaviour now.

Reviewed January 13, 2012

We had a great time! The tour was fun and quite interesting Our guide, the Marshall, was wonderful and very entertaining! All of the ladies and gentlemen working there were excellent. Well worth visiting

Date of experience: January 2012
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

try the chinese restaurant and go for the hot pot like all the Chinese people do. They bring you a big silver pot and plates of fresh fish, veg and meat to cook yourself at your table - very yummy. the Malmaison hotel takes up...More

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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Oxford Castle has great tour guides who provide interesting historical information with a flair for the dramatic.

Date of experience: January 2012
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Very interesting couple of hours, liked the idea of staff playing the part of ex prison inmates & warder

Date of experience: December 2011
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

the best thing about this is that it only ceased to be a working jail in the late 1990s, so everything is still very recent, its also a lovely sight to see the other half of the prison which has been converted in to a...More

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October 26, 2018|
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Response from OxfordCastlePrison | Property representative |
Hello there! If you want to visit us at a specific time, we would highly recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, if you're relaxed on which timed tour you go on, then we would say just turn up on the day and book that way... More
November 17, 2016|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!
October 3, 2016|
Response from neetylou |
according to the web site yes