This week we were kindly invited to try out Treasure Hunt Oxford’s pirate treasure trail around the city. We live near Oxford and frequently visit the shops and museums but have never really spent much time walking around the historic buildings and taking in the sights. I was very excited to do the trail and see more of Oxford on foot.
The trail starts at the castle mound of Oxford Castle and Prison (which we’ve visited before and highly recommend doing the tour!). Treasure Hunt Oxford works using your phone rather than a printed map. You are emailed a link which you click on once you are ready to start the trail. You are then sent clues and maps in a chat almost like WhatsApp. It’s really easy to use and was good fun as the kids felt like they were really messaging Captain Bess!
You get told lots of snippets of history at each point which was really interesting. We learned so much and spotted things we had never noticed before.
You take part in the trail at your own pace so if you want to stop for a while and take photos or go inside somewhere to look around then you can (if they are open of course). When you are ready to continue to the next clue you simply type CONTINUE into the chat and Captain Bess will send you the next set of directions and clue. We spent a lot of time particularly around the Radcliffe Camera building as we’d never seen it before. It’s a really beautiful spot and great for photos.
Some of the clues really make you think outside the box. They were challenging without being impossible. If you do get stuck you can type HINT in to the chat and Captain Bess will send you an extra clue to help you find what you’re looking for. We did have to do this once or twice!
There are 11 clues to find in total to complete your quest. The trail takes 1.5-2.5 hours depending on how long you spend at each point. We took our time taking lots of photos so it took us 2.5 hours. It’s a good couple of miles walking so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. It is fine to do with kids as you can stop for breaks and snacks whenever you need to. Once restaurants and pubs are open again you could tie it in with a lunch stop somewhere or visit one of the many museums.
All members of your ‘crew’ can join the chat on different devices using the link provided. Come up with your pirate name and join in the fun with Captain Bess. It’s a really good trail and a great way to explore Oxford. We really enjoyed it!
If you’d like to book a Treasure Hunt Oxford trail visit their website here: https://www.treasurehuntoxford.com
Disclaimer: We were gifted the trail experience free of charge in exchange for this review. All words, photos and opinions are that of my own.