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Oxford Castle + Museum


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Next in my travel series this week, is the trip I took to the Oxford Castle + Museum last year in July. The last time I was in Oxford was in 2015 when I checked out Christchurch Meadow, University Church, St Michael’s Tower (where the Oxford Martyrs were led to their deaths in 1555-1556), Shakespeare’s favorite pub + Oxford College (with the famous Harry Potter Hall). It really is a stunning British town, only an hour from London by train.

This time around, I went to the Oxford Castle + Prison. I’d heard so much about it but had never been before! Above, original photographs of inmates from 1870! Each picture gives more information about every inmate, as well as why they were arrested and imprisoned. It’s an eerie feeling looking at these pictures – they could be anyone on the streets today! Aside from their clothing, they look remarkably modern and almost familiar. Do you agree? We did a tour and then explored on our own. Here are more photos! 

More About Oxford Castle + Prison

CLIMB the Saxon St. George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford

DESCEND deep underground into the atmospheric 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel

EXPLORE the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing

MARVEL at the mound of the 11th century Motte-and-Bailey castle, and discover its vaulted Well Chamber

EDUCATE yourself about the modern history of the site and its inmates, in our historical Exhibition Wing

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Oxford Castle and Museum
900 year-old underground crypt below the prison lit up with candles

Oxford Castle and Museum

Oxford Castle and Museum
A padded cell
I love exploring old castles and prisons!
A spooky doorway

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