Oxford's Oldest New Quarter

The strength of the £45 million re-generation of the Oxford Castle Heritage site is in the sum of its parts, ensuring there really this something for everyone.

The component parts are outlined below.

The Heritage and Education Centre

The Oxford Castle & Prison visitor attraction allows the Oxford Castle buildings to tell their own stories. Visitors can learn about the real people and events from the castle site's turbulent past and uncover its dark secrets.

Malmaison Hotel

The Malmaison Hotel Oxford, has taken up residency in the former prison. The hotel has been designed to retain many of the prison's original features. Three cells have been knocked into one to form bedrooms, carefully done to provide luxury and amenity, whilst still retaining many of the original features including the wooden cell doors and spy holes.

Commercial Premises

A range of prestigious commercial operations have taken up long-term leases providing an attractive range of restaurants in public spaces.


Forty individually designed residential apartments were sold off plan and continue to be some of the best addresses in the City centre.

Public Spaces

There are four public places, each with a distinct character:

  • The Entrance Square and Piazza
  • The Market Square opening onto Castle Street and the new Westgate Development (currently home to the temporary Library)
  • The cool green of the Castle Gardens.
  • The Castleyard by the Castle Mound and St. George's Tower with Castleyard Café and outside tables enjoying the view and ambiance of the Castle's oldest buildings.

The external areas are used throughout the year for theatre, music festivals and art events.