Oxford Castle Unlocked Entrance Ticket Including Guided Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Tours run every up to 20 minutes between 10am and 4.20pm (subject to availability)
  • Departure Details :
    Oxford Castle Quarter, central Oxford
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Begin your journey where it all began in Oxford. Take a guided tour in the castle and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the buildings 1,000 year history. When William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Oxford Castle was marked by the Normans as the ideal place for a motte-and-bailey castle. Today, after almost one millennia, Oxford Castle & Prison is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Take a guided tour today and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the buildings 1,000 year history. When William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Oxford Castle was marked by the Normans as the ideal place for a motte-and-bailey castle. Today, after almost one millennia, Oxford Castle Unlocked is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination.

Guided tours last approx. an hour and run every 20 minutes and are led by one of the castle's costumed character guides. The rich history of Oxford and the castle is revealed as you climb the Saxon St Georges Tower, one of theoldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning360 panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford.

Then, descend deep underground into the darkatmosphere of the 900 year old crypt, the onlysurviving remains of St. Georges Chapel where itis said, began the education for which Oxford isfamed, and where Geoffrey of Monmouth pennedthe Legends of King Arthur. Explore the austere confines of the 18th centuryDebtors Tower and Prison D-Wing and scale the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle.

After your tour, you will be inducted into the castlesprison and wider site where you will be able toexplore at your own leisure. Admission to the castleis by guided tour only.

Inclusions

  • Admission ticket to the Castle 
  • Admission to the Castle Mound
  • Guided Tour
  • Costumed Character Guide
  • Guidebook (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children under 5 years of age will not be permitted access to St Georges Tower due to health and safety regulations.

Visitors unable to climb the tower may wait at the bottom with a guardian and watch our Story of Oxford Castle video. Once the tour group returns from the Tower, you are then able to rejoin your group as the tour continues. To find out more about this policy, click here to view our access information.

Due to the historical nature of the building Prams & Pushchairs do not fit through our doors, so they need to be left in the reception area where they will be looked after from a member of our team.

Payment must be made at the time of booking by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Switch or Delta).

No dogs are allowed in the attraction, the mound, Castleyard Cafe or the gift shop except for guide dogs.

Opening times may be subject to change; for up-to-date information on admission prices and opening times, please telephone our information line on +44(0)1865 260666

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