Oxford Castle & Prison Goes For Gold in Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards

Oxford Castle & Prison has won Gold for the second year running in the ‘Small Attraction of the Year’ Category at Tourism South East’s annual ‘Beautiful South 2022-23’ Awards.

The Castle and Prison faced strong competition from other attractions across the South East, but ultimately took the ‘Gold’ award.

Marketing Manager Jonathan Pyke said,

“We’re delighted to have won the Gold award for Tourism South East’s Small Attraction of the Year for the second year running. The Castle & Prison has been the location of many amazing stories throughout history; from an Empress under siege, to infamous poisoners, and titans of medieval literature. Our guides and staff work tirelessly to bring these stories back to life amongst the walls and stones that witnessed them, so we’re really proud to be bringing the award home again.”  

Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said,

“Congratulations to all our winners. It was a real honour to play host to such truly exceptional businesses. The strength of our winners is testament to the incredible standards and unwavering quality of the Souths’ tourism and hospitality products. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors and the partnership with The Grand in Brighton that make this event extra special. Tourism South East look forward to celebrating with our winners and working alongside them as they lead the way throughout this coming year.”


The Castle & Prison is currently offering a 25% discount for Oxfordshire residents until the 31st of January, as well as half-term activities for children.

Join a costumed tour guide to explore the historic buildings. Hear tales of a daring medieval escape from St George’s Tower, descend to the crypt to learn Oxford’s connection to King Arthur, and discover the changing role of crime and punishment from the Civil War through to Victorian times and the closure of the prison in 1996.

Oxford Castle and Prison is open daily from 10:30 – to 5:30.

Visit www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/ for details.