If you thought Oxford was just about elegant spires and world-class academia then think again! Oxford Castle & Prison 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 Visit Oxford Castle & Prison and uncover the secrets for yourself.
Mon - Thurs: First tour – 10:30am / Last tour - 4.30pm (Tours every 30 minutes)
Fri - Sun: First tour - 10am / Last tour 5pm (Tours every 20 minutes)