Tickets for Oxford Castle and Prison

Get transported back through the ages with an atmospheric castle and prison tour

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
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Duration: Guided tour: 1 hour
Live guide: English
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  • Learn about the fascinating history of Oxford Castle and Prison on a one-hour dramatized guided tour
  • Climb to the top of Saxon St. George's Tower for stunning views of Oxford, and descend into depths of the crypts
  • Enjoy continued access to the castle and explore the prison cells, castle mound, and much more on your own


Join a costumed guide and uncover the rich and fascinating history of Oxford, its castle, and prison. Clamber up Saxon St. George's Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy panoramic views over the historic city.

Then, descend into the atmospheric 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George's Chapel. You'll also explore the Debtors' Tower, Prison D-Wing, and the mound of the 11th-century Motte-and-Bailey castle.

Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, as well as some of the best examples of Anglo-Saxon architecture, Oxford is an atmospheric place, steeped in fascinating history.

Relive this history as an expert guide in full medieval garb shares Oxford's storied past in real-time, with plenty of humour sprinkled in for good measure. Hear tales of Empress Matilda and the fate of Mary Blandy, one of Oxford Prisons most famous criminals. If your curiosity is piqued, you can explore the castle until closing time at your own pace after the tour ends.

After you're teeming with new knowledge, you can relax in the café with a fresh brew and plan your next adventure in Oxford!


What's included

General admission to the Oxford Castle and Prison
One hour guided tour in English
Access to the Castle Mound
Free time to explore the premises after the tour
Additional info
  • Luggage is not allowed on the tour. Lockers are available in the gift shop
  • Prams and pushchairs that do not fit through the doors must be left at the reception where they will be looked after by the staff
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of registered assistance dogs
  • No parking available on-site. Parking can be found at Oxpens, Worcester Street, and Gloucester Green – all a short walking distance from Oxford Castle and Prison

Amendment policy

  • Changes may be possible for this ticket


  • Show your smartphone ticket at the admissions desk. Please make sure to arrive 10 minutes before your booked timeslot
  • During busy periods, you may have to wait a short while until the next tour is available
  • After the one-hour tour, your tour guide will tell you where you can explore at your own leisure


Opening hours

Friday 10:00 - 17:20
Saturday 10:00 - 17:20
Sunday 10:00 - 17:20
Monday 10:00 - 17:20
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:20
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:20
Thursday 10:00 - 17:20

How to get there

Oxford Castle
44-46 Oxford Castle, OX1 1AY, Oxford
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Ratings & reviews

based on 6 reviews
Mar 13, 2020
A great tour and Robin was a great guide. Informative and entertaining. Very theatrical don’t know if he acts but if he doesn’t he should. Thanks
Mar 4, 2020
Alistair was a very good guide. Entertaining and knowleadgable.
Feb 26, 2020
Really good. Rob, our tour guide did a great job of keeping things informative, interesting and amusing.

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