Oxford Castle Unlocked Review: We love a good castle. So when we were invited to visit Oxford Castle Unlocked we were very excited. If you are regular readers of Mudpie Fridays then you will know that we recently visited Oxford as part of our monthly getaway series. So it seemed a perfect time to visit.

Oxford Castle Unlocked is open daily. However throughout the school holidays, families will be challenged to a quest around the castle as they complete their guided tour, seeking clues to help them solve a ‘King of the Castle’ themed trail. The castle is located in the city centre and a short walk from the main shopping area. In the grounds there are a number of well know chain restaurants and so it is also the perfect place for a spot of lunch before exploring.

At the weekends there is also the opportunity of  attending knight school which needs to be rebooked. There are two sessions a day at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Each session is thirty minutes long and pre booking is essential. Monkey had a great time learning how to hold a sword and the different moves. I must admit I didn’t know there were so many! You can see him trying out his knightly moves and the rest of our tour by watching the short video below:

Things we loved:

  • Our tour guide Mary Blandy was brilliant and she was great with Monkey engaging him in the stories she was telling and talking to him on a one on one basis.
  • There are lots of different areas to explore and he didn’t look bored once in the fifty minute tour.
  • We couldn’t take Kipper up the tower a the minimum age is five and once we had climbed the windy staircase I can see why. There was some colouring materials and castle style toys left at the bottom for him to play with
  • Although there are other tours going round at the same time as you its all very well coordinated so that you didn’t run into, or more importantly hear any of the other tours.
  • Knight school is a nice idea, ours lasted much less than the advertised thirty minutes but then that could be because he was the only one doing it.
  • All the staff were really helpful from start to finish
  • Its in the prefect location, within central Oxford with lots of restaurants surrounding it, ideal for a spot of lunch.
  • Fifty minutes is about Monkey’s attention span so it was perfectly timed for him.
There isn’t anything we didn’t like about our experience at Oxford Castle Unlocked. We all had a great time and I would definitely recommend exploring if you are local.
Things you need to know:
  • Prices: Adults £10.95, Children under 5 are free, Children 5-15 £7.75, a family ticket costs £35.
  • Open daily from 10am you can see more about opening times on their website
  • Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY
  • Parking – the closest carpark we could find was Oxpens although its not cheap. There is a park and ride which maybe worth considering.


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 We were given free entry to the castle to enable us to write this review.


  1. Oh! Wish I’d known about this before our trip to Oxford the other week. We’ve never been and spent the day tramping around in torrential rain. If we visit again I know where to go, my kids would love the castle and Knight school – looks like you had a great day out. #CountryKids

  2. I lived near Oxford growing up and don’t even remember the castle. I only remember bars, restaurants and shops. My more grown up self would love to see the castle. I like the idea of the King of the Castle themed trail for little ones and the knight school. A shame the knight school wasn’t longer as advertised but I suspect as you suggest that without having to wait for a group to do things it just ran fast.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  3. Margaret gallagher Reply

    I’ve been once many moons ago
    Think it’s time to see this BEAUTY again
    My nephew’s love history

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