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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Open day visit

Managed a full free tour whilst visiting for an open day at the university. You will need a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Simon G
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history and present woven together

the tour of the castle is excellent - well led and illuminating not only of the buildings but also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rufus B
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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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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Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Managed a full free tour whilst visiting for an open day at the university. You will need a teenager to qualify! As an historic building the castle is amazing and well maintained. University college apparently has an application rate of 23 to 1 and I...More

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 2 days ago

the tour of the castle is excellent - well led and illuminating not only of the buildings but also of Durham city and its history. The fact that 100 (approx) students of the University live there now makes it even more fascinating to visit. Go...More

Thank Rufus B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An ancient palace and castle developed into the University of Durham in the 1830's. Still used as student accommodation and a fascinating 45 min tour takes in chapels, staircase, gallery, a beautiful Norman arch and Great Hall. Stunning and full of students going about their...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived, we were abruptly told by security that the castle was closed. No hospitality at all. Took some pics from outside

1  Thank PennyWalters
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked a tour (£5) which lasts just under an hour. We had a small group and a very bright young lady who was able to educate us and also answer lots of questions. Would highly recommend planning this in if you are visiting Durham. The...More

Thank Cowlinge_Blue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In general terms: the entrance fee is £5 and you can't go by yourself, it has to be with a guide, which really enriches the experience. Go ahead and visit the castle. Personal experience: I was a first timer in Durham and was lucky enough...More

Thank Bar B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful building in a gorgeous setting. You can’t go in by yourself, you have to go in a tour. The guided tour was excellent - Caitlin was very knowledgeable and a really good guide. The tour wasn’t very long because they can’t show us many...More

1  Thank Madeline S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went round the castle wen the students went inn, tour guide was brilliant new lots of history about Durham and the castle

Thank DurhamCarl
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are very happy that you enjoyed your tour of the castle, and that you found your tour guide to be knowledgeable.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is worthwhile, to have a little walk and visit this castle. All complex is surrounded by a water ditch :)

Thank Paulína N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Durham is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in all of England. When visiting the castle you can feel a true sense of history.

1  Thank hardiehahaha
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Durham and found it atmospheric- we hope to see you again soon!

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Christine P
16 May 2017|
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Response from Chriscampion2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the castle but outside yes
20 June 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
Patricia B
12 March 2016|
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