Know before you go: everything you need to know for your visit to Oxford Castle and Prison

FEBRUARY 2022 UPDATE: Due to the historic nature of Oxford Castle & Prison with its enclosed spaces, and following government guidance we would expect our guests to continue to wear face coverings when visiting us. This ensures that we continue to provide a comfortable and confident environment for both our team and for your visit, allowing you to step inside and do 1,000 years of time…

Our doors are open and we’re ready to welcome you to Oxford Castle and Prison. Your safety and that of your family, as well as our team, is our highest priority. Therefore, with this in mind, we are still maintaining our enhanced COVID-19 safety measures. 

This means you can still enjoy a great day out with us! To find out more, click here to view our official company statement.

These are the things we are doing:

  1. Face Coverings – in line with government guidance we would expect our guests to continue to wear face coverings when visiting us.
  2. Checking in – we have set up an Arrival Zone where you will be met by a member of the team who will talk you through the safety measures.
  3. Limited capacity we have reduced the number of people we are taking on each tour from to 20, this will ensure you have an enjoyable experience with confidence.
  4. Signage, screens and floor markings – we have installed safety signage and encourage you to maintain social distancing throughout the attraction. For our team we have installed safety screens at the till and admission points.
  5. Our team safety protocols – where applicable, the team will be wearing face coverings and sometimes gloves (we’ll still be smiling). Prior to every shift the team will complete a pre-check, including hand washing and a temperature check, to ensure they are ready and able to work.
  6. Wash / sanitising hands – We have installed hand sanitiser points at regular intervals around the attraction for your convenience.
  7. Cards not cash – our online booking system is easy to use, and we encourage you to book online in advance where possible. As capacity will be reduced this means you can guarantee your place on a tour, at a time that suits you and avoid disappointment. On site, please use contactless payment where possible to reduce the handling of cash.
  8. Clean it, clean it, clean it – we already maintain the highest of standards on site, but now more than ever we’ll be going above and beyond to make sure that the attraction is super clean. We’ve upped the regular cleaning regime of surfaces and touch points and have invested in more thorough deep cleans as well.

As you can see, we have thought very carefully about your safety and we’d encourage you to do the same. When you are with us, please can you observe to the below visitor attraction social etiquette so that we can all have an enjoyable experience with confidence.

This is what we ask that you do for your fellow guests’ safety…

  1. Book online in advance – as numbers are reduced this will guarantee your entrance on the day you want and at our very best price.
  2. If you are not well – high temperature, coughing or any other recognised symptoms – do not visit. Come when you are well. We will enforce this. Let us know as soon as possible and we may be able to arrange an alternative date, voucher or refund
  3. If you are well then please arrive 15 minutes before you tour is due to start to allow plenty time for safety checks in our Arrival Zone, please note you may be asked to queue outdoors but we’ll get you to as quickly as possible.
  4. Maintain an appropriate social distance between your group and others – we are all getting used to it.
  5. Use hand sanitiser when you arrive and at regular intervals on your visit. In the short term, we encourage guests to wear masks and gloves where possible and practical – if you are happy to do so.
  6. Use cards not cash where possible.
  7. Follow the one-way systems and follow our guest services team’s instructions on where to stand or queue.  
  8. Have fun!

We have worked with the Association of leading Visitor Attractions, British Association of Leisure Attractions and UK Hospitality to re-design our safe operating procedures so you can visit with confidence. The above steps are already being planned and put in place. We may add or take away a couple of steps, depending on Government guidelines as and when they are announced.

We cannot wait to welcome you to Oxford Castle and Prison, where we invite you to Step back and do 1000 years of time…

Please note: We have taken enhanced health and safety measures across our site for you, our other guests and our team members. An inherent risk of COVID-19 exists in every public place where people are present. By entering our attraction, guests accept they have a duty to take steps to ensure their own safety. All guests should behave in a safe manner we would ask you to leave for the safety of others. Please respect our team.


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Continuum Attractions is committed to achieving the highest standards of Health & Safety to all its visitors and employees. We are proud of the processes, systems and procedures we have in place across our business. Health & Safety is much a part of our company culture as our dedication to delivering unique experiences in memorable locations.