Private Receptions and Venue Hire

From the Castle to the Crypt, Oxford Castle Unlocked provides a unique location for your event...

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle Unlocked by nightEver thought you could have a Castle to yourself for your event? For a special party or private reception Oxford Castle Unlocked is the perfect venue if you are looking for something totally unique. Your guests will experience breathtaking 360˚ views of Oxford from the top of St George’s Tower, have drinks and canapes in the atmospheric crypt, explore and mingle around the cells used by prisoners from 1071 until the prison’s closure in 1996.

  • Accommodating up to 100 guests
  • Available 7 days a week until 6pm
  • Music licence until 12pm

The Crypt

Oxford Castle Unlocked - The Crypt venue spaceFor something totally unique why not host your drinks and canapé reception amongst the 900 year old stone carvings of our underground candlelit Crypt?

  • Accommodating up to 50 people for a drinks and canapes reception or evening finger buffet

Castleyard Café

Perfect for smaller and more informal private functions, the space is very fresh and versatile.

  • Accommodating up to 30 seated
  • Available 7 days a week from 6.30pm

Book now by emailing
Or call us on +44 (0) 1904 261262

Price List


Castle Hire £250 per hour before midnight
Castle Hire £275 per hour after midnight
Crypt Hire £100 per hour
Café Hire £40 per hour

Catering Options

Canapes From £13 per person
Hot/Finger Buffet From £18 per person
Hog Roast £35 per person, minimum of 35 people


Wine (red or white)
£15 per bottle
£19 per bottle
Beer £3.50 per bottle
Corkage £7 per bottle of wine, £10 sparkling wine, £12 spirits, £1.50 per can or bottle of beer or ale

Other Options

DJ £250 for 2 hours including speakers and lights
Security £30 per hour
Cocktail Bar
£500 minimum spend

Terms and Conditions

Please read our full terms and conditions or download our 2017 Venue Hire Brochure for more information