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Oxford Castle

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Address: 43 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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+44 1865 260666
10:00 - 17:30
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Good historic building

Went on the guided tour (about an hour) with a 'period guide' Quite entertaining and very informative.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gillian C
Knebworth, United Kingdom
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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went on the guided tour (about an hour) with a 'period guide' Quite entertaining and very informative.

Thank Gillian C
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38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The guides were awesome. They are dressed and act like they are from a certain period of the castle/prison. They knowledge and story telling was great, as they kept a 13 y/o and 11 y/o entertained the entire time. We thought this would only take an hour, but it was closer to 90 minutes and we didn't spend much time... More 

Thank 17erich
Luton, Bedfordshire
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed overnight midweek in Oxford and decided to visit Oxford Castle on our last day. We arrived just after 10am which is shortly after it opens. The Castle put on guided tours every 20 minutes and so we began ours at 10.20am. Our guide was acting out the role of the Prison Governor, Daniel Harris. Our guide was extremely... More 

Thank AFX77UK
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only in Oxford for the long weekend so we had limited time. We did the Oxford Castle tour. We had 'Empress Matilda' as our tour guide and she was fantastic. The way she was able to share her knowledge through story telling was brilliant. Suggestion would be to book online to secure the time slot you want.

Thank Ivo M
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62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Was there with a friend. We had a great guide who is really entertaining and fun. Worth a visit and the views from the top are Amazing. Would recommend this tour.

Thank Jhashveer S
New Jersey
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We took the guided tour of the castle. We had a fun, knowledgeable Brit with a sarcastic humor showing us the tower and the dungeons. I would recommend this and it might be fun for kids as well. It is also worthwhile to check out the renovated castle part.It has been transformed into a high end hotel.

Thank Luzi3
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

If iit is dry you can take a leisurely stroll around the castle. See the Saxon Wall foundation , and the gardens as well.

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Set apart from other iconic landmarks, the Castle I feel is a good place to begin a day's walk round Oxford city. If time and cash are short, you can walk round most of the castle grounds and gaze at The Mound without paying for the tour. Each building and section is clearly marked and it's history described in detail.

Thank Marilyn S
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

interesting historical spot , go and climb up the mound to have a little bit of an elevated view. good displays, educational.

Thank 4XLo
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

A great history of the castle showing its use from all parts of its history including up to recent years as a prison. Guided through by an interpretive leader to illustrate and guide the experience - after which you can go explore on your own. It is certainly a must see and the views from the mound are the best... More 

Thank michael186311

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