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Old prison becomes luxury hotel
Oxford Castle
The castle - formerly used as a prison - is being turned into a hotel
An ancient jailhouse in Oxfordshire is being transformed into a luxury hotel.

Visitors to the 11th century Oxford Castle, now the Malmaison Oxford, can chose to stay in the A Wing, C Wing or the Governor's House.

If they want to use the gym during their stay they will have to make their way to the "House Of Correction".

The Malmaison chain has spent 20m on turning the former prison, which was first built by William the Conqueror in 1071, into the hotel.

Features include free-standing bathtubs in half the rooms, and afternoon tea will be served in what was the Visitors' Room in the castle.

The hotel will open its doors later this month.

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