Oxford Castle at Christmas

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Before Christmas, I had a quick trip to Oxford. Oxford Castle is a Normal Castle, and it was built in the 11th century to replace an older motte and bailey castle on the hill near where the current castle stands. The castle was used for administration and a prison in the 14th century, and it was left in ruins after the Civil War. It then became repaired and used as a prison, and another prison was built next to it. This was used as a prison until 1996, and then it was turned into a hotel. The medieval part of the castle, such as the tower and crypt, can be toured today. Tours are guided only and take approximately 45 minutes.

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After visiting the castle, I had a wander down the main street in Oxford, which has changed a lot since my last visit.

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I went to the Christmas market and the fudge shop. The Christmas market is just a small one with roughly twenty wooden cabins. 

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Unfortunately, we did not get to go inside the castle for a tour. We arrived in time to take the last tour of the day, but we wanted to walk around Oxford and see other places. We ended up actually making it a shopping trip instead.

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