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  • Address: Oxford, England
  • Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Admission: £9.95

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Oxford Castle Tours

With its lone tower and man-made grassy mound, the once mighty Oxford Castle is now a shadow of its former self. But the striking landmark still offers a fascinating insight into the city’s grim and gory history. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1071, the Norman Castle was later converted into a prison and execution tower, linked to the county court by an underground passageway and remaining in use until as late as 1996 (although the last public execution was held in 1863).

Today, the castle ruins stand at the heart of the Oxford Castle Quarter, an atmospheric hub of cafes, bars and restaurants, and is open to the public through via Oxford Castle Unlocked tours, typically led by a guide in period costume. As well as climbing the 101 steps to the top of the Saxon St. George’s Tower and taking in the views from the mound, visitors can brave a peek into the allegedly haunted crypt and explore the preserved prison wings, while uncovering the secret history of medieval Oxford.

Practical Info

Oxford Castle is located at the west end of Oxford City Center, a five-minute walk from the main train and bus stations. The castle is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and adult admission to the Oxford Castle is £9.95 per adult, with the last tour at 4:20 p.m.

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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Oxford, null
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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the beautiful city of Oxford with an iconic City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour! An easy and convenient way to travel between sights, your ticket ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 to 48 hrs

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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $60.62
Oxford Windsor and Eton Tour from Brighton, Brighton, Full-day Tours
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Oxford Windsor and Eton Tour from Brighton

Embark on a tour to Oxford, Windsor and Eton. You will visit Windsor and Eton in the morning before traveling to Oxford at lunchtime where you will spend the ...  Read more

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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