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Oxford Castle Unlocked (Oxford)

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Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle / Oxford / Oxfordshire / OX1 1AY / England

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      16.04.2010 11:46
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      A great day out for the family

      A fabulous experience for all the family and a great day out to go to in oxford. We recently visited the castle at oxford and the experience to go into the castle itself and have a walked tour was this, oxford castle unlocked. Upon our arrival we were a little shocked as to how small the castle was but it certainly didnt deter us from going in and enjoying the tour. The surroundings are beautiful and there is a very plesant cafe next to the castle which is incorporated where you can enjoy a cup of tea of coffee with some light lunches before or after you visit the castle at reasonable prices. The cost to go into the castle is approx £8 for adults and £6 for children. Upon paying for tickets you have to wait for the next tour which can be anything from 10 minutes to half an hour however this is no problem and once ready the tour guide dressed up takes you into the castle. The initial part of the tour consists of a talk in the entrance and a short film before people can climb to the top of the tower. Please note however that if you have small children the tower is not allowed to be entered with them as the steps are to old and far to steep. However each parent can take it in turns to go up, so you dont miss out. You are then taken down to the crypt/vault which is interesting again we were shocked at how tiny this was but incredibly beautiful and magical and a place to visit for sure. Note that the floor is very unbalanced therefore suitable footware is required. The prison is then toured with commentary and this is very interesting but after the speeches you are allowed to wander yourself and go back through into areas apart from the tower as this needs to be supervised but overall free to look around the rest of the castle. It has some fascinating artefacts and interesting history. It took us a couple of hours to go round the whole castle and we very much enjoyed it. Certainly one for the family day out if you are visiting oxford.

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      17.12.2009 11:08
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      A little expensive, but worth it if you're visiting Oxford.

      I went to Oxford Castle Unlocked recently and was in fact rather surprised by how good it was. It's not particularly cheap, with adults' tickets at £7.50, under 15s' tickets at £5.35, and concessions' at £6.20 (although if required, one carer will get in free per fee paying guest). But the tour is certainly very interesting. A guide (ours was the Empress Matilda) gives you a historical tour of the castle, telling you the ghost stories of the dungeon, the modern usage of the castle as a prison, the story of how King Charles used Oxford as his base at the time of the English Civil War (he lived in Christ Church; his queen, in Merton College) and a trip up to the tower, where you can see a large portion of Oxford. The guide we had seemed very knowledgeable, and she was happy to answer any questions we had. Once the tour is finished, you are free to explore the prison side of the castle, which has exhibits and displays about prison life. The attached shop sells all sorts of paraphernalia to do with the castle, as well as the customary swords, children's history books and so on.

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