Year: 2017

On the record: Looking back at HMP Oxford

15th Aug, 2017

Oxford Prison eventually closed its doors as a prison in 1996 and remained closed until 2006 when it opened up as a hotel and attraction. In his latest post, former Oxford Police Detective Paul Kyberd shares an aerial view of the prison he remembers…


On the Record: The Black Assize

13th Jun, 2017

The old county court in Oxford is the site of one of the most infamous events in the castle’s history. In the latest edition of our ‘On the Record’ blog series, Paul Kyberd reminisces about his experiences in Oxford’s courthouses in his role as an Oxfordshire Police Detective!


On the Record: The Queen’s in Oxford

8th Jun, 2017

Current tour guide and former police detective Paul Kyberd shares another of his memorable stories from his work for Oxfordshire Constabulary. In this blog, Paul shares a particularly memorable time when the Queen visited Oxford.


On the Record: Train Day & The Great Train Robbery

12th May, 2017

On Saturday 13th May, it’s ‘Train Day’ with events taking place throughout the country.  Trains takes my mind back to a robbery that took place in Buckinghamshire in 1963…


Oxford Castle: The birthplace of the Legends of King Arthur

10th May, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives its UK premiere in London’s Leicester Square this evening. But where did the legends of King Arthur really begin? Geoffrey of Monmouth is known to be the first to write down the legends of King Arthur and he did so right here at Oxford Castle!


On the Record: St George’s Day celebrations

20th Apr, 2017

This Sunday, we celebrate St George’s Day.  St George’s day was celebrated in St George’s Crypt up until the closure of Oxford Prison in 1996. Tour guide and former Oxford police detective Paul Kyberd recounts his memories of past St. George’s Day celebrations.


On The Record: The Execution of Oliver Butler

30th Mar, 2017

Here is the second in our ‘On The Record’ blog series with one of our tour guides Paul Kyberd, a former Oxfordshire Constabulary Police Detective. In his blog series, he’ll be sharing stories of his experiences in the police force and his many visits to HMP Oxford Castle during his career. Check out Paul’s introductory blog post to find out more about his policing past. In this post, Paul shares the history of the last Oxford Prison execution…


On the Record: Meet Paul Kyberd

17th Mar, 2017

Paul Kyberd, one of our fantastic tour guides, has a much longer association with the castle prison than just his work with the visitor attraction. Paul worked for over 30 years for the police and has a variety of interesting and captivating tales about his time in the police force and his many dealings with HMP Oxford Castle…


Empress Matilda – Lady of the English

8th Mar, 2017

Matilda – Lady of the English
Queen of Ice and Snow



The Origins of Valentine’s Day

6th Feb, 2017

With so much emphasis placed upon Valentines Day across the world, it prompts the question: why?


Twelfth Night and Epiphany are upon us!

3rd Jan, 2017

Don’t be saddened by the fact that Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve has passed, there is still an opportunity for you to have a party and indulge in festive treats: Twelfth Night and Epiphany are upon us!

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