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Durham Castle

The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Avoid the end of afternoon tour

For various reasons we could only book in for the last tour of the day on a Sunday, perhaps that... read more

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This is a very historical site and well worth the reasonalbe entrance and tour fee. Very... read more

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Uncover 1000 years of history in this undefeated castle built in the Norman period as an imposing fortress, Durham Castle’s story is entwined with that of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, whose semi-regal status made them some of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country. Discover a castle that gradually turned into a lavish palace, which was affected by major historical events from the Reformation to the English Civil War. It was transformed in the Victorian period into a place of learning, as the home of University College, the founding college of Durham University. Today Durham Castle is a Grade I Listed Building, a Museum and remains a living building, evolving to modern day life while retaining its power to impress as part of the iconic Durham skyline. The unique nature of the building means that, entrance to the public is by guided tours only. However, this allows a personal experience that brings history to life. The following tour times are a general guide as it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours at short notice due to University or commercial activities. During term-time: every afternoon at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.During university vacations: daily 10.15Am, 11.15Am, 12.15am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4pm. Please check the tour times with Palace Green Library or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre to avoid disappointment.
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The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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"student accommodation"
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"dining hall"
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"halls of residence"
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"great guide"
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"main hall"
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"interesting facts"
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Reviewed yesterday

For various reasons we could only book in for the last tour of the day on a Sunday, perhaps that was our mistake but because of this, as our very engaging guide repeatedly emphasised, we were short of time and rushed around with no time...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a very historical site and well worth the reasonalbe entrance and tour fee. Very interesting and shares the grounds with the cathedral.

Thank 2uktraveler09
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Reviewed yesterday

Because Durham Castle is part of the university visitors don’t see all of it but we were shown the main parts and our tour guide was very informative and took the time to answer questions. When entering the front courtyard do have cameras at the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the castle on 20th and had a tour run by one of the students. You have to be part of a tour to look round the castle but this is fine as students are still staying there and studying so that is understandable....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed a very informative guided tour given by one of the students. Very well presented and delivered. Recommended.

Thank Paul F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Dined here as a guest at a corporate event, it was a very unique experience, the atmosphere was amazing and the surroundings beautiful, the meal was served in the Grand Hall which was spectacular and created a wonderful dining experience, our canapés and main meal...More

Thank 72Mary
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having lived in Durham for the last 44 years I visited the castle for a function as a guest for the first time. Knowing the city very well and having an extensive knowledge of people who live there, the staff employed were either students or...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle itself is beautiful and well preserved, mainly because it is a place of residence of University students. The tour was quite small, mostly because most of the area is where the students live. The exterior is also gorgeous.

Thank Ana M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour is approx 45 -60 minutes and gives a history and account of the roles of the castle, cathedral and university. We were fortunate enough to book a tour within 20 minutes of starting but it was fully booked soon afterwards so pre booking...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guided tour of 45 minutes was great. The guide was interesting and knowledgeable. The castle is well worth a visit.

Thank stan360
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Christine P
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Chriscampion2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the castle but outside yes
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junebrignall
June 21, 2016|
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Response from Steven J | Reviewed this property |
The cathedral is free and I cannot remember the cost to visit the castle It wasn't much The tickets were on sale at the university next door
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Patricia B
March 13, 2016|
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Response from Durham C | Property representative |
Dear Patricia, Thank you for getting in touch to book accommodation unfortunately I can only provide information on the Castle Tours and the Museum. For more information and booking for accommodation, please telephone us on... More
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