Oxford Castle & Prison Guided Tour


For over a thousand years, Oxford Castle & Prison has stood watch over the city of Oxford.

Join our costumed tour guide on a journey through 1000 years of Oxford’s history; from Viking raids and the Norman conquest to the Castle’s role in Georgian and Victorian era justice.

Uncover the origins of education in the city, and experience the stories of the Castle’s most infamous residents.

Highlights of our Guided Tour

  • Climb the 101 steps of St. George’s Tower and enjoy panoramic views of Oxford.
  • Descend into the candle-lit crypt and learn about the Castle’s connection with the legend of King Arthur.
  • Explore 18th Century prison cells, home to poisoners, miscreants and desperate criminals.
  • Follow the story of the Castle & Prison right up to its closure in 1996.
  • Browse through our carefully curated collection of gifts and treats in our gift shop.

From daring escapes to deadly curses, step inside and do 1000 years of time. Oxford starts here!


How to find us

Nestled in Oxford’s Castle Quarter, Oxford Castle & Prison is a short walk from Oxford Station. View map.

The experience lasts around 1-1.5 hours

Under 5’s go free with a paying adult, please note that due to steep steps under 5’s are not able to climb St. George’s Tower.


Daily tour


From 10am to 5pm Daily


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