Oxford City Visitors Guide to tourism in Oxford, England.

Oxford Tourist Information for planning your trip to visit Oxford City & University of Oxford.

Oxford Castle Prison

Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle is one of the most famous attractions in Oxford City . Oxford Castle was a part of Norman Medieval Castle , which was built in 1071 for William the Conqueror. This castle was made into a prison and administration for the county until the 14 th century .

Christ Church owned this castle from 1613 to 1785 and leased it to the prisoners. During the English Civil War it was many parts of the Oxford Castle were damaged. From the 18 thcentury to 1996 this site was continuously used as prison in Oxford .

The tower in Oxford Castle was used for public executions but the last execution was in 1863. At present this castle is a popular tourist attraction and home to one of the Oxford ’s luxury hotel’s “Malmaison Hotel” and the building is a Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Monument .

There are several tourist activities for tourist in this Castle and highly recommended by us!

Some Interesting and Fun information about Oxford

The famous children  film called Spy Games featuring Brad Pitt was filmed in Oxford  Caslte site. Many of the film crew was seen around.

Inspector Morse was filmed on the site many times throughout the series, as well as Bad Girls and The Bill.

102 Dalmatians was also attracted towards the Oxford Castle in 2000 and it was featured here.

The o3 gallery name was inspired from being the third ‘O’ in the collaboration between Oxford Castle and OVADA (Oxfordshire’s Visual Arts Development Agency).

The o3 gallery used to be a day room for prisoners! It forms part of the old Oxford Prison C-Wing.

O3 stocks Tatty Devine, a quirky, sought-after jewellery brand popular with fashionistas.

Oxford Castle is now nearly 1000 years old and has become a very popular tourist attraction.

Her Majesty the Queen devoted the Oxford Castle to the public in 2006 to attract tourist and thus improving tourism in Oxford.

When a prisoner was ‘sent down’ it meant he was sent down a tunnel leading from the County courtroom into Oxford Prison. There are only 2 of these tunnels in the country.

There were public hangings on the site until 1863.

Oxford Castle Prison is believed to be one of the most spooky places in England and ghost tours are a popular attraction in Oxford Castle.

Food and Drink in and around Oxford Castle

O3 Art Gallery

1855 Bistro

Pizza Express


La Tasca Tapas Bar

Malmaison Hotel

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