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. Norman baron Robert O’Doyly took it upon himself to build this castle. Over time, our site transformed from a castle into a prison. Today, after one millennia, Oxford Castle & Prison is a visitor attraction with a story to tell.
Led by one of our costumed guides, the fascinating history of Oxford and its castle will be revealed as you…
After your tour, you will be inducted into the castle’s prison and wider site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure. Admission to the castle is by guided tour only.
Oxford Preservation Trust are the guardians of this historical site. OPT Members gain complimentary access to our guided tours.
The visitor attraction is operated by Continuum Attractions, a leading UK tourist attractions group.
Oxford Castle & Prison won first place and was named as the Beautiful South’s Small Attraction of the Year 2022. We also are a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.