Oxford Castle Unlocked is a 1000-year-old castle prison nestled in the heart of the city centre. Visitors are guided on a tour of the historic buildings, exploring the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt, the preserved Georgian prison wing and the archaic man-made mound, with breath-taking birds-eye views of Oxford.
Visitors to the ancient building can journey through the past as they wander around, learning about the real people linked to the site including: Geoffrey of Monmouth, who penned the famous legends of King Arthur and Merlin on-site in 1136; Marshall William Smith, the King’s prison keeper, who in the 1600s made Oxford Prison as feared and as notorious as Colditz; Mary Blandy a convicted murderess, who became an 18th century celebrity; Isaac Darkin, a dashing highwayman, who wouldn’t wait for the hangman and performed his execution himself; and Anne Green, who survived her own hanging and narrowly escaped being anatomised by an Oxford medical student in 1650!
Enjoy a guided tour, time to explore and a mugshot style photo souvenir to remember your visit! A cafe is also available on site for delicious lunch or snack options.
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