Oxford City Centre & Castle Murder Mystery Trail

Murder In Wonderland


Only one purchase required for a group of
up to 6 people

(2 detective logs)

Would you like to explore the enchanting streets of Oxford City Centre whilst solving a murder mystery case?

But of course you do! Murder In Wonderland is an imaginative self-guided city tour experience that escorts you on a thrilling journey past some of the world’s most prestigious universities, museums and spectacularly preserved architecture. Along the way, you’ll discover historical landmarks and hidden gems, solve mind-bending puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately deduce whodunit. The game is afoot! Are you up for the challenge? Available for instant download. Go now!

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About this trail

This Oxford Murder Mystery Trail has the perfect route plotted out to make sure you see all the highlights inside the city centre.

The Murder In Wonderland – Oxford Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided walking tour that navigates you past some of the best historical landmarks the UK has to offer including:

  • The Ashmolean Museum
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Oxford Castle & Prison
  • Radcliffe Camera/ Bodleian Library
  • Christ Church
  • Many more hidden gems

The Oxford town trail route is relatively flat, about 3km long and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. There are plenty of refreshment stops and photo opportunities along the way!

Oxford trail statistics:

  • Start location: Broad Street, OX1 3AS
  • Clue difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Distance: 3km
  • Terrain: Easy
  • Wheelchair/buggy accessible: OK*

The case synopsis:

A deceitful rabbit… A tea party ending in murder… A failed attempt to steal an elixir of life. But which of the party guests is behind this series of sinister events? Put your powers of deduction to work on their most spellbinding challenge yet in a world that is a mirror image of your own… Welcome to Wonderland.

Trail overview:

  • A murder mystery themed self-guided walking tour around Oxford City Centre & Castle.
  • Discover historical landmarks and hidden gems as you follow the trail.
  • Solve clues to discover evidence, eliminate suspected characters and weapons, and ultimately deduce whodunit.
  • Instantly downloadable trail.
  • Print onto A4 paper or follow the trail using any smartphone or tablet device (see below).
  • Ideal for groups of 2-6 people. Only one purchase required per group, so makes for an affordable day out!
  • Self-guided tour – do whenever you like and at your own pace.
  • Whether a local or visiting somewhere new, our trails are the best way to explore and learn about your surroundings.
  • Solve correctly, and you'll receive a certificate and a voucher towards your next trail!
Discover landmarks
& hidden gems
Find clues &
solve puzzles
Deduce whodunit
to crack the case!
  • Discover landmarks & hidden gems
  • Find clues & solve puzzles
  • Deduce whodunit to crack the case!

How does it work?

Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights each location has to offer which have been carefully crafted into our Killer Trails, so there’s plenty of selfie opportunities along each route. Before you know it, you’ll have walked a mile and already be dying to solve your next case!

Simply download and print the trail onto A4 paper and you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Just make sure to note down your answers as you go to complete the Cryptic Crossword when back at home with a warm cuppa. Learn more...

Who is the trail aimed at?

Killer Trails are challenging adventures full of riddles, cryptic puzzles and gripping stories for anyone who loves to explore, socialise and learn. Our creative team has devised compelling narratives for each trail that are full of pop culture parodies for the eagle-eyed detective. You’ll get a kick out of our trails if you enjoy escape rooms, puzzles, scavenger hunts, ghost and historical tours, murder mysteries and board games.

Our Murder Mystery style treasure hunts are ideal for a thrilling day out with family, friends, spouses or colleagues. Highly addictive for adults and the whole family, you’ll be gutted you didn’t find out about us sooner. Our trails work best for small groups of two to six people. Purchasing and printing just one copy of the trail is required per group. Everyone will work better as a team and this also makes for an affordable day out! More than six people in your group?

Plot a killer day out in Oxford

Oxford is famous the world over for its dreaming spires, universities and museums all tightly grouped together. Every corner you turn starts with a gasp or a ‘wow’.

For over 800 years it has been a home to royalty and scholars, however, people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Around its ancient university heritage, the city is now a bustling cosmopolitan town. With its mix of modern life and ancient architecture, there is plenty to see and do.

Wizards and Wonderland

Oxford has become one of the UK’s top locations for film, most notably in the Harry Potter series. These films were shot in a variety of locations around Oxford including New College, Duke Humfrey’s Library (as the library), the Divinity School (as Hogwarts infirmary), and Christ Church’s Hall (as the Hogwarts Great Hall). Even though neither of the Alice in Wonderland films were made in Oxford, it is where Lewis Carol met the real Alice and found his inspiration for his great works of fiction.

If you’re searching for the best social things to do in Oxford, this Murder Mystery themed trail is a whole lot of fun. It captures the essence of the city, leaving you with a clear understanding of what the area has to offer, and a smile on your face.

Inspect all of our murder mystery themed trails in Oxfordshire and South East England.

*The route is all paved or solid. Some road crossing points may not have dropped kerbs. Section of the route has cobbled streets. Head to Oxford Council’s accessibility page for more local information.

Starting point

The starting point for this trail is outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3AS.

Local car parks are Worcester St Car Park, OX1 2BX and Westgate Oxford, OX1 1TS.

Detective logs

*Warning!* Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or images.
  1. SarahBeadle

    Wow. Great fun. Learnt new trivia about Oxford and is a good route through the city centre. Recommend alongside a social distancing visit to the Botanical Gardens (you need to book a time slot for this atm).

  2. LaurenH

    Kids loved it. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family.

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