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Oxford Castle & Prison

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

Halloween Fun

Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween? Then look no further, Oxford Castle and Prison want you to join one of their paranormal investigators and hunt for ghosts around the castle. Explore the vaulted well chamber, search for paranormal entities in the punishment cells and go underground into the dark, damp Crypt. For more information check out their full website.

All Year Round

Come and explore the 1,000 year history of Oxford Castle and Prison. Step back in time with our 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 our 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 our youngest inmates.

After your guided tour, you can climb the mound, the remains of a motte and bailey castle. Explore the attraction at your own leisure and dress up like a prisoner in our exhibition space. Sit down with a nice cup of coffee in our café, spread out your map and plan where to go next in Oxford.

In the summer, we 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


Opening Hours

Open daily 10:00am – 5:30pm

Last tour 16:20, pre-booking recommended

Closed every year 24th-26th December


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

Adult – £13.45

Child (5-15 years) –£9.25

Senior – £12.45

Student – £12.45

Under 5’s – FREE


Face Coverings: In line with government guidelines we ask that all guests wear face coverings / masks whilst inside our building whenever possible. Face coverings do not have to be worn when exploring the outdoor courtyard, though we still encourage wearing them where other guests are close by.




July 2021

July 1 @ 6:30 pm - July 2 @ 8:00 pm

Tom’s Midnight Garden: A Midsummer Ballet

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

When Tom is exiled to his aunt and uncle’s dreary flat while his brother recovers from measles, he fears that his holidays are doomed. But the vast old house hides enchanting and wondrous secrets, and the grandfather clock is striking 13… Frankly Speaking Productions presents Tom’s Midnight Garden, a brand new ballet production adapted from Philippa Pearce’s classic novel - widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest works of children’s literature ever written. Join us this summer outdoors amongst towering…

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July 12 @ 7:30 pm - July 24 @ 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until July 24, 2021

Twelfth Night

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

Tomahawk Theatre returns to the Oxford Castle and Prison for the 11th year with one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. Separated from her twin brother Sebastian in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy, calls herself Cesario, and becomes a servant to the Duke Orsino. A romantic story with mistaken identities, practical jokes, music, dance and song. This is an outdoor theatre performance, so please be prepared for whatever the weather…

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