Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Oxford Castle is one of the premier attractions in Oxford, which is a town that is not short of an historical building or two. Originally the area was a Norman built medieval castle – a moated, wooden motte and bailey deal. It was later partially destroyed during the civil war and from the 18th century used as one of Her Majesty’s prisons.
The prison was closed in 1996 and the area has been redeveloped as “Oxford’s oldest new quarter”. It has become a shopping and dining complex making it a dynamic, yet history dense, area to hang out in while visiting Oxford. Today, while enjoying a meal or coffee, you can wander amongst 10 centuries of history and taken in some of the castle’s still existing features.
One of the historical highlights of a visit to Oxford Castle is climbing up Norman Castle Mound and taking in the panoramic views of the city from the 12th century St. George’s Tower.
Oxford Castle is the perfect place to soak up some non-academic Oxford history and recharge the batteries with a meal and a wander around. You can access the castle from Castle Street or New Road in Oxford town.