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Durham Castle

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Address: The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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+44 191 334 2932
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Durham Castle is unique building with 900 years of living history. Today...

Durham Castle is unique building with 900 years of living history. Today not only is it a Grade I Listed Building, a Museum but it is also the home to University College, the founding College of Durham University and over 100 students are resident during term.

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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A fascinating tour

Durham Castle is set overlooking the majority of the town, and now serves as the heart of Durham University. I took one of their guided tours, the only was to see inside of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle is used today for student housing and other University activities, so tourists can only view a small portion of it by hourly guided tours. Tickets can be purchased at the World Heritage center and are reasonably priced. Our tour guide was energetic and knowledgeable, but the group was a little too large to squeeze into some of the... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and open to all questions including the numerous silly ones offered by my children. You don't actually see much of the castle though as it is occupied by students and the tour consists of viewing the oldest stone faced room in the castle followed by a tour of a corridor and a large dinning... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Durham Castle is set overlooking the majority of the town, and now serves as the heart of Durham University. I took one of their guided tours, the only was to see inside of the castle as it is still a working building. The tour guide provided a good overview of the history of the castle from the early structures through... More 

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Throughly enjoyed visiting this castle. Our guide (Caitlin) was very good, friendly and knowledgeable telling us about the history of the castle, the various prince bishops and also talking about modern day university life at the castle (as its home to the students) The castle itself is very impressive with a lovely courtyard and gatehouse. You can't take photos inside... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For me the castle tour was the highlight of Durham, even better than the cathedral. Lovely guide who could explain every detail of this beautiful castle, the highlight being the medieval chapel and the big hall. Would habe loved to study in this historic environment.

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Thank Barba23rossa
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Guided tour only by student/ex student? The tour lasts about 1 hour. Very interesting to hear the history of the castle and Durham. Don't expect to see the whole castle as it is used as student accommodation but the parts you do see are very worthwhile. £5 - good value.

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Thank Jan5660
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle looks really imposing from the town so take a walk up the hill to the library on the green where you can get tickets for a guided tour for £3.50... Well worth the money as you can learn a lot about Durhams history . That castle is used for student accommodation so you can't wander on your own... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend the guided tour - we were shown around by a recent student who was very interesting and humorous.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great place to stay during the university holidays. A beautiful location, good rooms and super breakfast all at a decent price. Would definitely recommend.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can only visit the castle as part of an organized tour which takes about an hour and gives access to the chapels, main staircase and great hall. Lots of information from a very knowledgeable guide who made the tour most enjoyable. We learnt a lot of interesting facts and gained an insight into the history of the castle.Well worth the... More 

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