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Oxford Castle Unlocked

Heritage / Visitor Centre

44-46 Oxford Castle
New Road

Tel: +44 01865 260666

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Oxford Castle Unlocked

If you thought Oxford was just about elegant spires and world-class academia then think again!

Oxford Castle – Unlocked reveals Oxford’s less well known history, one that’s rich with tales of great escapes, betrayal and even romance –  all within the walls of this ancient castle and prison.

The site has been used as a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of HM Prison in 1996. The old buildings have been preserved and are now open to the public revealing a time capsule – allowing the buildings to tell their story.

Our costumed character guides will reveal the site’s colourful past as  you...

 • Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower and enjoy its stunning 360° views over Oxford
 • Descend to the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old underground crypt
• Marvel at the mound of the 11th-century Motte and Bailey Castle with Vaulted Well Chamber
• Experience the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtors Tower and prison D-Wing
• Face the prison regime with our hands on displays

Located in the centre of Oxford, we are open daily from 10.00am - 5.30pm (last tour 4.20pm).



  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold 2017


  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Open daily from 10am; last tour at 4.20pm (excludes 24th - 26th December)


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.95 per ticket
Child (5-15)£7.75 per ticket
Family (2 adults + 2 children)£35.00 per ticket
Student / Concession (60+)£9.25 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Group prices (valid for groups of 15 or more)
Adult: £8.95
Child: £6.25
Concession: £7.50

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