What are these "escape rooms" everyone's been raving about? You finally decided to find out for yourselves and book one. Everyone has to start somewhere! Here is a list of all escape rooms for beginners in Oxford. Experienced players can also pretend to be newbies and enjoy a balanced combination of puzzles and props.
Great fun. Rooms are designed really well. Managed to solve the puzzles even when we completly missed the biggest clue at the beginning that would have shaved 10 minutes off our time! looking forward to going againHelen
As an escape room virgin, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when friends decided to book an ‘adventure’ for us all as part of a university reunion. But I needn’t have worried. Set on the top floor of the reimagined Westgate Centre in the heart of town, the Oxford branch of Escape Hunt offers some wonderful views of the university’s classical spires as you approach the venue. It proves a stark contrast once you get inside where clean lines, smart fittings and electronic tablet registration shouts modern comfort.Chris
Visitors to Escape Hunt have a decent choice of escape scenarios: from the delights of Alice in Wonderland to the thrills of the Wild West with a good measure of Doctor Who magic thrown in. Soft drinks (for a small price), Magic Eye optical illusion books or traditional Jenga blocks are at your disposal while you wait for your room to be ready. And for those who might be claustrophobic or for whom the idea of spending an hour trapped in close confines with their nearest and dearest induces a sense of panic, an impressive and much-welcomes health and safety briefing and panic button offers much-needed relief.
And so to the escape room itself. The hosts are welcoming, explaining the rules in character to get you in the mood for what lies ahead. The rooms themselves are superbly appointed and the games are genuinely fun and sufficiently taxing to make your brain work. There are enough distractions to keep you occupied as you wander down blind allies, and genuine mini triumphs each time you - or a member of your team - solves a clue.
The team skilfully inject time updates, that on the one hand let you know how far you’re progressing and - on the other - add pressure and create jeopardy. The result is an hour of fun that has you laughing, cursing, thinking and bonding no matter what age you are. Like I said in the introduction - you’re never too old to have fun!
Had a wonderful time in the Alice in Puzzleland room. Would definitely recommend for anyone trying for the first time or going as a small group. Props to Joey for being very friendly and overall helpful.Carlos
Family of 4 with 11 and 14 year olds went last night for their easiest room, Pandora’s escape. We had a great time. We read the backstory before online but this was missing from the explanation beforehand which is my only minor complaint. Otherwise we all had a fab time. 2 rooms. Difficulty about right although we did have to get 2 hints in the second room. Will do the other rooms next time as we’re now hooked!EssJayWhy
Excellent interactive locked room activity for up to six people.Excursion00537269350
Led by our games master Chloe we had a totally absorbing hour looking for clues that led to Blackbeard's treasure and our release from the room. We got out with 1 min 34 secs left.
I highly recommend this activity.
My family of five (with one under-18) had a really good time doing the Blackbeard escape room - we all really recommend it! All the props were fun, very high quality. All the puzzles were very well thought out, not too difficult but they required some thinking. We managed to escape with 6 mins to go. Staff were friendly - Molly, our guide, particularly made our visit amazing! If you need hints they can provide them, and they did so in hilarious pirate accents. Cannot recommend enough, and ask for Molly!jadoreorange