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Queen to open redeveloped castle
Oxford Castle
The castle, formerly used as a prison, has been turned into a hotel
The Queen is set to officially open an ancient castle and jailhouse which has been transformed into a luxury hotel, restaurants and an art gallery.

The final part of the redevelopment of the 11th Century Oxford Castle will be completed in May.

A formal opening ceremony will be headed by the Queen when she visits the city on 5 May.

The site includes St George's Tower and the Castle Mound, which are some of the oldest structures in the city.

The Malmaison chain has spent 20m on turning the prison at the centre of the site into a hotel.

The jail building is attached by a tunnel to the former county Assize Court.

It has not been used as a prison since the 1990s and more recently it has been used as a film set on several occasions, with stars such as Gerard Depardieu, Glenn Close and Brad Pitt filming there.

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