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Author: Ellie Morgan

On the record: Looking back at HMP Oxford

On the record: Looking ba...

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.  Here is a picture when it was a prison taken by Thames Valley Police’s helicopter: You can clearly see A Wing, the main body of the prison behind the four […]

Oxford Castle: The birthplace of the Legends of King Arthur

Oxford Castle: The birthp...

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! Geoffrey is thought […]

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of WWF’s Earth Hour intiative, we, along with other Continuum Attractions, have encouraged our teams to ‘switch off’ for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March, and we’d like you to do the same! Find out more about Earth Hour and how to support it here. Find out more about […]

On the Record: Meet Paul Kyberd

On the Record: Meet Paul ...

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 […]

Matilda: The Strongest Woman We Know

Matilda: The Strongest Wo...

All around the world, International Women’s Day, on Wednesday 8 March 2017, represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. So, for International Women’s Day, we are honouring the strongest woman in Oxford Castle’s history: Empress Matilda. In the 12th century, a fierce battle was fought for the throne of […]

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

The Origins of Valentine&...

Valentine’s Day has become one of the most commercialised days of the year, when we are encouraged to lavish gifts and affection upon our loved ones. At Oxford Castle we are offering the unique opportunity of an intimate 3 course dinner in one of our atmospheric cells or even the crypt! What’s more, on February […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Old Ball and Chain!

Celebrate Valentine’...

We’re hosting a duo of Valentine’s events for you to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with your other half, “the old ball and chain”. Couples can choose from a spooky paranormal experience with acclaimed parapsychologist Ciaran O’Keeffe to explore ghoulish love stories or book your very own prison cell for a delicious […]

Ciaran O’Keeffe Answers Our Ghoulish Questions

Ciaran O’Keeffe Ans...

The whole team at Oxford Castle Unlocked were super excited to have Ciaran O’Keeffe coming to host a Paranormal evening as part of our Ghost Fest event. Ciaran will be at the Castle this evening speaking to a sold-out crowd, eager to hear about his time on Most Haunted and his many ghostly encounters. We […]

Presenting BMH Productions…

Presenting BMH Production...

Next week brings the beginning of the fourth and final Shakespeare play to be presented in our Castleyard. BMH Productions will perform two Shakespeare plays in the space of one, with short versions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both classics! We met with Edward Blagrove and Ashley Harvey, producers at BMH Productions to […]

Join in the Culture Crawl!

Join in the Culture Crawl...

Maggie’s Oxford Culture Crawl is an 8-mile part night walk, part cultural adventure taking place on 23rd September to raise funds for the Maggie’s Oxford. The Maggie’s Oxford Centre provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, their families and friends in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Built in the grounds of the […]