Please feel free to download our Press Pack for everything you need to know about Oxford Castle Unlocked. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Downloadable versions of the most current releases are listed below:
- 12 January 2017: Celebrate Valentine’s with the old ball and chain
- 12 January 2017: Kings and Queens this February half term
- 19 January 2017: Easter Egg-tivities
Please check out our press images on our Dropbox gallery – these images are strictly for press use only. If there is a specific type of shot you are looking for which you can’t see or you require a higher resolution image, we will do our best to find something suitable in our image files.
All journalists are eligible for complimentary entry into Oxford Castle Unlocked. Please contact Ellie Morgan to arrange the date and time of your visit.
Filming and Photography
All filming and photography requests should be made with plenty of notice. Please download our Filming at Oxford Castle Unlocked pack for full filming guidelines. We welcome such requests and are open to working with camera crews on a variety of projects. Please just ask!
About Oxford Castle Unlocked
Oxford Castle Unlocked opened on 2 June 2006 and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the real people who lived and died throughout the site’s 1000-year-old turbulent past. The site has been used as a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of HM Prison Oxford in 1996. The old buildings have been preserved and are now open to the public revealing a time capsule – allowing the buildings to tell their story.
The guardians of this important historic site, The Oxford Preservation Trust were awarded a £3.8 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the castle and site buildings. The post of Learning and Access Officer for Oxford Castle Unlocked is funded by Oxfordshire County Council.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is operated by Continuum Attractions.
About Continuum Attractions
Continuum Attractions lead the way in creating immersive and cultural heritage experiences that engage visitors with fascinating stories, brought to life in unforgettable and imaginative ways.
As well as Oxford Castle Unlocked, Continuum runs a number of other award-winning visitor attractions, including:
Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower has established itself as a national icon for Britain. Britain’s best viewing tower stands proud over one of the most fascinating seascapes in the world, offering amazing 350º panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the South coast and the Isle of Wight, stretching out for up to 23 miles. Three viewing decks offer a glass floor where visitors can dare to ‘walk on air,’ The Clouds café and the Sky Deck – open to the elements, where visitors can feel the wind in their hair.
The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
Beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret – a warren of hidden closes where real people lived, worked and died in bygone centuries.
The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
Embark on a journey of discovery at Canterbury’s most imaginative visitor attraction as you step back to the Middle Ages in this stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, complete with sights, sounds and smells!
York’s Chocolate Story, York
Take a mouth-watering journey through the story of chocolate and confectionery in York. See chocolate come to life, hear generations of chocolate secrets, explore from bean to bar and taste your way through York’s sweet story.
Emmerdale Village Tour
Visit the live working TV set located within the Harewood Estate in Leeds, that has played witness to many a spectacle, open for limited weekends in the summer months. Saunter past the familiar haunts of Bob’s Café, The Woolpack, the Village Church and rows of stone cottages known as home for over 43 years to your favourite Emmerdale characters. On this outside walking tour our guides will share secrets, stories and reveal fascinating facts behind the making of the multi award-winning ITV soap.
Emmerdale Studio Experience
The Emmerdale Studio Experience, at the former filming studios of the iconic ITV soap, will take you on a journey to discover how telly is made, showing you how we bring the characters you love and stories you remember to life. By shining a light on the production process you’ll get to see how everything fits together. From full scale set reconstructions, preserved props and costumes to the secrets behind stunts and special effects; this is your chance to step into the exciting world of telly.
The Royal Mint Experience
The Royal Mint Experience is the only place in the world where you can watch the United Kingdom’s coins being made. Go behind the scenes to follow the journey of a coin from a blank to bank in our 45 minute guided factory experience. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of thousands of glistening new coins, hot off the press and get the chance to strike your very own coin. In addition, the interactive exhibition is full of fascinating facts, exhibits and some of the rarest coins in history. Here, you can test your knowledge of the coins that have been made for countries around the world, get up close to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals, and listen to the stories of those whose bravery has been rewarded with the UK’s gallantry and service medals.