St Georges Tower

17th Jan, 2023

The castle was originally built as a motte-and-bailey fortress but was later rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. It was used as a royal palace, a prison, and a military barracks over the centuries. Today, the castle is open to the public as a visitor attraction and is a popular destination for history buffs and tourists alike.

St. Georges Tower
St Georges Tower, where Empress Matilda lived while defending Oxford Castle from her rival Stephan.

One of the most iconic structures within the castle is St. George’s Tower. This tower was originally built in the 12th century and served as a prison for over 800 years. The tower is one of the oldest standing buildings in Oxford and is a testament to the castle’s rich history. Visitors can take a tour of the tower and learn about its past inhabitants, including famous prisoners such as King Charles I.

In our guided tour, you climb 101 steps up St George’s Tower for a truly stunning view of Oxford.

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