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Oxford Castle

44-46 Oxford Castle | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Oxford Castle Unlocked 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 before descending into the atmospheric crypt, along the 18th century prison wing and into archaic man-made mound.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
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44-46 Oxford Castle | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Reviewed yesterday

A very worthy guided tour, with our host in character, demonstrating the history of the castle throughout the ages (about 1000 years of history covered briefly). Tours are periodic throughout the day, if you have pre-booked a ticket online, you'll need to arrive to confirm...More

Thank HardDiskDrive
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great place to visit, with some serious grim history. A great building. I'm not usually a fan of tour guides but Matilda was fabulous, great fun and full of knowledge. After the tour you do have the opportunity to explore the building on your...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 3 days ago

My guide was Matilda, she is really good, I liked her really good guide! Every Oxford visitor must see!

Thank Ferenc A
Unlocked, Guest Relations Manager at Oxford Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Ferenc A, Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your recent tour at Oxford Castle, and that you were so impressed with your tour guide, the Empress Matilda! We will be sure to pass your feedback on to her! Best wishes, Duty Manager- Guest Experience

Reviewed 4 days ago

The tour guide spoke clearly and engaged our attention with his pleasantly dramatic storytelling. We learned much about the history of the castle, and about the unfortunate Rowlande Jenkes. The hour passed quickly. We then spent some time looking around by ourselves. A great introduction...More

Thank Jill D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the guided tour. Our guide was Rowland Jencks, an inmate of the castle prison. He told us in great detail the goings on in the prison. What a brilliant storyteller. We climbed to the top of the tower to experience the view of...More

Thank Keith P
Unlocked, Guest Relations Manager at Oxford Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Keith, It's wonderful to hear how great an experience you had with us here at Oxford Castle! Rowland will be so happy to know you enjoyed his tour. We hope that you join us on-site again, to meet more of our guides and enjoy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good guided tour of the castle with lots of information by the guide and he was very animated with the story's he told.

Thank shell1w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a very quiet and cold day and as a result our tour group was just the two of us! We were shown around by Rowland Jencks who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Definitely a highlight of our trip to Oxford.

1  Thank Jess B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time with Marshall William Smith showing us round in the castle. It was good fun, we learnt a lot, we had a great guide ! Really worth the experience !

Thank Olga C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide played Marshal William Smith. Not only knowing the script in detail, he was able to go off script when questions were asked and easily managed the group around the various areas. My parents have difficulties walking and not once did they feel...More

1  Thank TSadler
Unlocked, Guest Relations Manager at Oxford Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear TSadler, Thank you so much for this dazzling review! It's wonderful to hear you so enjoyed your tour with Marshal William Smith, and we will be sure to let him know that you left him such high praise! Here at Oxford Castle, we endeavour...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We couldn’t book our visit online but we managed to make a reservation through the phone. We were guided by Matilda & she is awesome! She walked us through the halls of Oxford Castle. She stayed in character as Matilda throughout the tour which we...More

Thank ShayRiRix
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lil d
17 November 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!
28 August 2016|
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Response from Anne A | Reviewed this property |
The guides are all dressed as the personalities of the time. I don't recall mannequins