Oxfordshire is a bit short on castles, as you can see by the list below. Some former castles were adapted to life as family homes, so if you don't see a favourite castle listed here, try Historic Houses in Oxfordshire
There are no grim ramparts on display here; Deddington Castle has is little more than a raised mound of turf and an extensive (8 acres) enclosure which now holds playing fields. The original castle here was built by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, half-brother to William the Conqueror. Castle Street,
When William the Conqueror took control of England after his victory at the Battle of Hastings Oxford was already a prosperous Saxon burgh, or walled town. William built a castle mound within the Saxon walls in 1071. The castle was a royal possession in name, but early Norman monarchs preferred nearby Beaumont Castle, so they left Oxford Castle in the care of hereditary constables drawn from the D'Oyly (or D'Oilly) family. 44-46 Oxford Castle,
England, OX1 1AY
A former royal fortress, begun in 1067 and later owned by a succession of kings and queens. Besieged numerous times, first in the Civil War between Stephen and Maud, and finally in the Civil War between Charles I and Parliament. Slighted by Parliament after the war, only small sections of stone walls remain within vast earthwork defences. Castle Street,
England, OX10 0BW
Canute (Cnut), Danish king of England dies, precipitating a struggle for power between Harthacanute, his son by Emma, Harold Harefoot, his son by Aelfgifu, and Leofric of Mercia. Harold was the initial winner, but he died in 1040 and was followed by Harthacanute.
Marlborough Hotel is a beautiful 14th century coaching inn, situated in the heart of Woodstock, overlooking historical streets. Whilst guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings they still have … more >>