Ghost Fest returns to Oxford Castle Unlocked, with frights for all ages this October.


Scare yourself silly as the castle transforms into Oxford’s only scare attraction, brave the castle overnight to complete a ghost hunt, enjoy a Spooky Tour, or dress to impress the ghosts and ghouls hidden behind our prison cell doors at our ever popular Trick or Treating afternoons! Ghost Fest is back!

Rest assured: with so many ghosts, you’ll never be braving it alone! Will you dare to join us?

Activities for those who dare


Truth or Dare TourTruth or Dare Tours

  • Thursdays throughout October 7.30pm
  • Special Halloween Tour on 31 October from 9pm
  • Tickets: £15 adults, £12 concessions, Suitable for 11+, not suitable for high heels

Guests will embark on a guided tour of the atmospheric buildings and the Castle Quarter with one of the ghoulish castle characters, learning about the betrayals, executions and rumoured spirits who haunt the historic surrounds, before going through the haunted corridors:  it will be an experience to remember!


The Dark Side of The Paranormal  with Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe  ~ This event is sold out! ~Ciaran O'Keeffe

  • Friday 28 October, 7pm – 10pm
  • Tickets: £25 per person, Suitable for 16+ years

Best known for Living TV’s Most Haunted, parapsychologist Ciarán O’Keeffe comes to Oxford Castle Unlocked, ready to entertain brave guests with a talk about ‘The Dark Side of the Paranormal’ before leading a ghost hunting tour around the castle site, Most Haunted style. Nerves firmly shaken by the end of the evening, review your spirit searching adventures with a glass of bubbly!
Ghost Fest HalloweenHalloween Midnight Tour  ~ This event is sold out! ~

  • Monday 31 October, 11pm
  • Tickets: £20 (16+ Only)

On Halloween night, brace yourself for a special spooky tour of the castle encompassing the deepest, darkest corners of the 1000-year-old site! Guests will dare to discover the ancient well chamber and underground crypt, climb the 11th century St. George’s Tower and the 18th century Debtor’s Tower, as well as exploring the Punishment Cells, the site of unimaginable horrors from the Georgian era. At the stroke of midnight, toast the end of Halloween with a glass of bubbly.



Jailbreak – Escape Room

  • On request, from 7pm
  • Price: £250 per group, up to 15 players

Jailbreak is a locked room puzzle game for 10-15 players, perfect for team building, corporate away days, family days out or just for fun. If you are smarter than the Crystal Maze contestants, fancy yourself as one of Ocean’s Eleven, or have ever broken into your own house, this is ideal for you. Suitable for 12+ years


Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails 

Bill Spectre will run his tours Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Monday October 31st at 6:30 and 9pm.

Family Fun Activities


halloween - children trick or treatTrick or Treat 

  • Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October: from 5pm until 7pm
  • Monday 31 October: from 4.30pm until 7pm. Timed slots leaving every 10 minutes
  • Tickets: £5 per child (5+) with one free accompanying adult. Additional adults: £3.50

    Children have a chance for some fun and frights during Ghost Fest at the attraction’s ever-popular Trick or Treat evenings on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October from 5pm plus a special after-school session on Monday 31 October from 4.30pm. The castle’s prison wing offers the ultimate venue for some trick or treating as families – dressed to impress in their best Halloween costumes – are encouraged to knock on each cell door for spooky encounters and sweet rewards!


Pumpkin CarvingPumpkin Carving

  • From 22 to 30 October, 11am-4.30pm
  • Monday 31 October: from 4.30pm until 7pm. Timed slots leaving every 10 minutes
  • Free with admission ticket (£7.50 for children); those not taking the tour can complete the pumpkin carving for £2

Parents – avoid the mess of pumpkin carving at home! Throughout the Halloween half term, children are invited to carve their very own pumpkin at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Create silly, scary and wicked designs and take the finished product home in time to display them on Halloween night!

Interested in hiring the Castle for your paranormal investigation? Check out the Ghost Hunts section on our venue hire page for more information.



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