Oxford Castle & Prison | Day Out With The Kids

Oxford Castle & Prison

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

  • Boys sword fighting at Oxford Castle Unlocked
  • Kids laughing at cast on pillory at Oxford Castle Unlocked
  • Oxford Castle & Prison

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Travel back in time to Oxford Castle Unlocked: home to over 10 centuries of intrigue.

This site is packed to the brim with history; where to start?! Begin by climbing the Saxon St.George’s Tower. This is one of the oldest buildings in Oxford with 360° panoramic views around the city. Then drop right back down to the depths of a 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel. Next explore the insides of an 18th-century debtor’s tower, before winding your way through the prison d-wing. Last but not least? Scale the mound of the 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle. Phew!

This was a site of incarceration dating back to 1071 and gives a look into the lives of real people: the owners, visionaries, activists and inmates of Oxford. Tours run every 20 minutes but you’ll have plenty of time to explore the site under your own steam. Plus be sure to get some yummy lunch at the Castleyard Café.

  • Climb one of the oldest buildings in Oxford with 360° panoramic views of the city
  • Explore prison cells and a 900-year-old crypt
  • Guided tours give visitors a true-to-life look into the history of the area


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


44 to 46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY, England


Click here to visit Oxford Castle & Prison's website
01865 260666

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
Closed 24th – 26th December


General Admission
Adult £12.50
Kids (5-15):  £8.50
Under 5s: Free 
Students: £10.50
Seniors: £10.50
Carers: Free 
Family £39.00

Last Entry

40 minutes before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Guest suitability

Due to the historic nature of the Castle, not all area are suitable to wheelchair users.