Oxford Castle Unlocked
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Bringing Oxford's hidden history to life. Oxford Castle Unlocked is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination. For hundreds of years the site has held both famous and infamous residents, serving time as a religious site, a home for royalty, a centre of justice and as the County Gaol.
Visitors to Oxford Castle Unlocked will learn about the real people and events from the sites turbulent past: the first Oxford teachings, the owners, visionaries, activists and inmates. People like 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; Jack Ketch, the public executioner and the man on whom the Punch & Judy hangman character was modelled; and Anne Green, who survived her own hanging and narrowly escaped being anatomised by an Oxford medical student in 1650.
Tours leave up to every 20 minutes from the admissions area in the Gift Shop. After your tour you will be inducted into Prison D-Wing and the wider castle site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure. Admission to the castle is by guided tour only.
Oxford Preservation Trust are the guardians of this historical site.
The visitor attraction is operated by Continuum, a leading UK attractions group.
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OXFORD CASTLE UNLOCKED
44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY
Heritage Projects (Oxford Castle) Ltd
Registered in England No: 5763243
Registered Office: St. Edmund's House, Margaret Street, YORK, YO10 4UX.
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