At 1000 years old, Oxford Castle has witnessed a multitude of historical events throughout the centuries, and has played a part in its fair share of pivotal moments in history.
This summer, from Saturday 15 July to Sunday 26 August, Oxford Castle – Unlocked will relive a different era in history each weekend, with themed trails, arts and crafts activities and re-enactments on display for visitors to experience the castle’s hidden history for themselves.
From the origins of the castle in the Saxon period, ‘Oxford Castle Throughout the Ages’ will see the castle travel through time each weekend spanning the Normans, the Medieval period, the English Civil War, The Victorians and culminating in a dedicated Wartime Weekend.
The summer line-up begins on Sunday 15th July with Archaeology Day, an annual celebration of archaeological discoveries made around the country, with Oxfordshire archaeological groups on hand to showcase a variety of their best finds and invite visitors to get their hands dirty with some of their own archaeological digging.
The following six weekends of ‘Oxford Castle Throughout the Ages’ are set out in chronological order:
Saxon Weekend – 21 & 22 July
Norman Weekend – 28 & 29 July
Medieval Weekend – 4 & 5 August
Civil War Weekend – 11 & 12 August
Victorian Weekend – 18 & 19 August
Wartime Weekend – 25 & 26 August
Operating as a visitor attraction since 2006, Oxford Castle – Unlocked offers visitors the chance to explore the 1000-year-old buildings, which include a Saxon tower, a prison wing, a crypt and an ancient motte. Oxford Castle – Unlocked is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm with tours every 20 minutes. See http://www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk or call 01865 260 666 to book in advance or to find out more.