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Reviewed December 6, 2014

We booked our Jailbreak experience not knowing what to expect. We were 3 French people + one 15 month old. The staff was very good with us from booking to experience and we absolutely enjoy ourselves.
Sam was our host and she was so enthusiastic about it, it was contagious. She set up the story very well and really got us into it.
The environment really adds to the spirit of the game. The clues were just the right level for us to enjoy ourselves, not too easy (= boring) and not too difficult (=discouraging).
I would recommend it highly,

Thank Julie R
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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2014

A great review, thank you. Sam will be pleased that you had such a good time as she and a couple of the team have been working really hard to make it accessible and interesting for all levels. I think she set it up to be more challenging as you looked like a group that could handle it. Even being a person down and baby sitting at the same time!!

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Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Went to oxford for the day without doing any research beforehand and found the castle and pleased we did. All of the staff were great and added to the atmosphere. The tour guide was great (didn't get his real name, but he was the convicted murderer not the prison guard) he made the visit and we would highly recommend. Prison guard was a character too. Thank you.

Thank sutie76
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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2014

Really pleased you stumbled across us and had such a great time. I know the prison walls can sometimes be a little disconcerting but I'd encourage everyone to venture it... it's worth it.

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Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Bought a combined bus tour and castle ticket. Great costumed characters to bring the castle alive. Don't forget to climb the mount and go down the well. The hotel next door has been converted from the prison and at night peeking through the window nothing had changed. A must visit attraction wet or dry.

Thank BigBrian655
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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2014

Always great to play host to City Sight Seeing guests. We have a strong relationship with the bus tours and they are a wonderful way to see the whole of Oxford (and it saves on walking everywhere which will leave you with enough energy to climb our tower).

And, as you mention, if you are still feeling sprightly after the tour, a climb up the mound is well worth it. As one of the oldest parts of the castle it is steeped in history and the well chamber is beautiful.

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Reviewed November 25, 2014

What a great experience, this is a real trip through time with your own costumed guide. In our case Isaac the highwayman escorted us through the ages from The castle's medieval origins to its last use as a prison. Plenty of stories bring the history to life.

The view from the top of the keep is good, worth the climb up the narrow spiral steps and the pillory and prison experience half way up. Then down into the creepiest crypt you will ever enter for ghost stories. Unexpectedly then into a prison cell for a mugshot which you can purchase later. Explore the row of cells in which hard, pointless labour was administered and learn why prison warders are called "screws".

All in all a great day. We had Isaac but there were other characters too. You learn their fates as you leave the prison. Make sure you pull the lever before you go!

Thank cabbie37
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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2014

Many thanks for the lovely review. And although Mr Darkin is not long for this world, he'll at least be pleased that one of his last acts was to make your visit more enjoyable. Maybe we'll give him a reprieve for now!!

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Reviewed November 24, 2014

We booked in advance and four of us went for the jailbreak experience at Oxford Castle for my father's birthday. We were brought upstairs to a large room (cell) and given a bit of background information and then we were locked in and left to solve the clues in order to escape.

Without giving too much away, we had one hour to find keys and crack codes, while avoiding the many red herrings along the way

This was really good fun and i would recommend it to anyone for a great way to spend a couple of hours while in Oxford. Good luck with your escape...

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Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2014

Thank you so much for our first Jail Break review. With it being a new product it's always interesting to get feedback on the experiences people have. We've worked really hard to make sure its authentic and tests the brain power of those that attend.

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