Oxford Castle and Prison Guided Tour

Activity code: OCPT

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  • Explore a 1000-year-old castle and prison
  • Hear intriguing stories and tales from a live guide
  • See what remains of St. George’s Chapel
  • Climb the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle


Step inside the 1,000-year-old Oxford Castle and Prison and hear fascinating stories come to life with a costumed guided tour.

Venture into the Prison D-Wing to hear tales of prisoners including Mary Blandy, who was hanged outside the castle for killing her father. See the room of the strongest woman in Oxford Castle’s history, Empress Matilda. Daughter of Henry I, Matilda fought fiercely for the right of succession. You’ll also delve deep underground into the 900-year-old crypt of St. George’s Chapel. Legend has it that Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the Legends of King Arthur here.

For panoramic views, climb to the top of the Saxon St George’s Tower, and admire the mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle.

After the guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to wander the prison cells alone and dress up like a prisoner in the exhibition space. 

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Additional Information

Please note:

  • Bookings are only valid for the timeslot they booked for. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed an alternative time slot.
  • The Mound is currently closed due to restoration works.
  • Visitors under 5 years of age will not be permitted access to St George’s Tower due to health and safety regulations.

Days of operation: Daily

First tour – 10:00am / Last tour 5:00pm (Tours every 20 minutes)

Meeting point: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY