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Oxford Castle & Prison

44-46 Oxford Castle, New Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1AY United Kingdom
01865 260666


Accessible Toilets
Gift Shop
Groups Welcome
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Opening Times

Open Daily: 10:00am – 5:30pm

Mon – Thurs: First tour – 10:30am / Last tour – 4:30pm (Tours every 30 minutes)

Fri – Sun: First tour – 10am / Last tour 5pm (Tours every 20 minutes)

All Year Round

Come and explore the 1,000 year history of Oxford Castle and Prison. Step back in time with their costumed guided tours and see fascinating stories come to life. Hear the great tales of Empress Matilda or the fate of Mary Blandy, one of the prisons’ most famous criminals. Step inside the padded jail cell and meet the notorious ‘Black Panther’, a vicious prisoner held here in the 1970s.

Find gorgeous views atop of St. George’s Tower and then descend into the atmospheric crypt of St Georges Chapel. Here you can touch the stones were Oxford University was rumoured to begin and stand in the birthplace of King Arthur. Explore the austere confines of the prisons’ D-Wing and debtors tower, here you can wander the cells and learn about their youngest inmates.

In the summer, they have Knight School, a medieval inspired workshop which trains children into becoming little warriors. Our Shakespeare Festival is an Oxford summer staple whilst Ghost Fest is sure to give you a scare over Halloween.


Visit the unique gift shop which is built into the very walls of the castle and prison! Open daily from 10.00am-5.30pm, come and browse their selection of local Oxfordshire products, replica weaponry, mead, books, children’s toys and more. You can also purchase your own Hall of Names or Mugshot product.

Open daily from 10.00am to 5.30pm


Please note, prices are subject to availability and restrictions apply. Please book in advance at bookings.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/

Adult £15.25
Child (5-15) £9.95
Student (with valid ID) £14.25
Carer FREE
Child (under 5) FREE*

*Visitors under 5 years of age will not be permitted access to St George’s Tower due to health and safety regulations.


Admission is via guided tour only.



July 2022

July 23 @ 11:00 am - August 29 @ 12:00 pm

Knight School at Oxford Castle & Prison

Oxford Castle & Prison, 44-46 Oxford Castle, New Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1AY United Kingdom

King Arthur is preparing for his next quest this summer and has enlisted us at the castle to train his latest recruits for medieval battle! Our programme consists of an hour-long training session covering the essential skills needed to defeat King Arthur’s enemies. You will be trained in the following areas: – Sword handling and fighting – Shield skills – Archery skills – Jousting skills Once you’ve mastered these skills, you will be knighted in a closing ceremony and given…

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