Send your guests
to prison…

Oxford Castle Unlocked is a unique venue set in the heart of one of the UK’s most beautiful cities.

Comprising of a visitor attraction, state of the art conference facilities and Café, the castle provides a truly unique setting for corporate hospitality and private events.

Oxford Castle Unlocked offers both day and evening hire options as well entertainment packages to suit your event.

Download our hire pack today for further information and rates.

Please call us on 01904 261262, or email us at to make a booking.

Private Hire:

  • Private Evening Hire

    Hire Oxford Castle Unlocked to host your event and your guests will be able to experience breathtaking 360˚ views of Oxford from the top of St George’s Tower, visit the 900 year old candlelit Crypt and explore the cells used by prisoners from 1071 until the prison’s closure in 1996. Our venue can accommodate 100 people.

    The Crypt: For something totally unique why not host your drinks and canapé reception amongst the 900 year old stone carvings of our underground candlelit Crypt? The Crypt can accommodate up to 50 people for a drinks and canapé reception or evening buffet.

    Prison D-Wing: Here your guests will experience the austere confines of the 800 year old Prison D-wing. This versatile space is suitable for music and theatre events and can hold up to 100 guests standing and 30 seated.

  • Private Daytime Hire

    The Key at Oxford Castle is a state of the art facility built to cater for meetings, educational workshops and lectures. It is located next to Oxford Castle Unlocked (in the Oxford Castle Quarter), on the Castle Yard complex in central Oxford.

    The Key Accommodates: 100 standing, 60 theatre style, 20 classroom, 24 boardroom, 22 u-shape, 24 cabaret.

  • Entertainment

    Why not add an entertainment package to your evening. We have a number of different events for you to choose from, including Murder Mystery evenings and Spooky Tours.

  • Catering

    Whether you are looking for Champagne and canapés, lunch for business clients or an evening finger buffet with a formal drinks reception we will be able to cater for your needs. We can provide catering for meetings held in The Key and evening events held in Unlocked.

  • Christmas at the Castle

    Looking for a unique and quirky venue for your Christmas party? Then why not send your guests to prison for an evening to remember. Oxford Castle Unlocked has been waiting 1000 years for you to come and explore. Download our party pack today.

  • Ghost Hunts

    If you are a Ghost Hunt organiser looking to bring your guests to our uniquely historical site, Oxford Castle Unlocked offers an unbeatable package and many years’ experience as hosts.By booking the castle at the Ghost Hunter’s rate you are welcome to use the Crypt, St George’s Tower, the D-Wing of the prison and the first two floors of Debtors Tower. If you would like to use the well-chamber of the castle mound as well as the punishment cells in the exercise yard, please let us know in advance. Since both of these are outside the main buildings we cannot guarantee access. Download our Ghost Hunts Packs.

    Booking as a Ghost Hunter also includes free tea and coffee for your guests, and the use of Café 1071 for briefings and breaks. You also get a free historical tour from one of our guides, who will show your guests the most interesting and important aspects of the thousand-year-old site.

    £125ph between 6pm and midnight.
    £150ph after midnight.
    A deposit will be required to secure your booking.

    Please be aware that Oxford Castle Unlocked is a very popular site for Ghost Hunt organisers, and as such availability can become limited, especially in Autumn and Winter.