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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
(0191) 374 3863
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Ranked #9 of 23 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I have visited Durham castle twice in the last eighteen months and was impressed on both occasions. It is a grand and impressive building which has elements of architectural style from the 11th to 19th century. I particularly enjoyed both chapels. The guides are very good. They speak from obvious personal knowledge and don't trot out the same pat spiel... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Visited Bank Holiday Monday, and booked on the 11 o'clock tour. Less than half an hour later all tours were fully booked! The tour takes about 45 minutes in theory, but our tour was just over an hour. The guide was very welcoming and informative, and explained that the castle houses students at the university and acts as a hotel... More

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Baildon, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

entry is by guide tour only there is a stand at the entrance with a scruffy note on saying tickets for tour could be bought at the library when we got there the tours were booked up why on earth cant people pay and wonder round the place like everywhere else . the were others disappointed to the whole thing... More

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Ataija de Baixo, Portugal
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

No access for individuals who just want to walk around. You have to wait for a guided tour. We gave it a miss and had a much nicer visit to the cathedral.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

You have to go as part of a guided tour because the castle is used as accommodation for Durham Uni, so we toured with Ronnie. The castle has a mixed history and its the first non-battle castle I've visited so I wish I'd paid closer attention! Ronnie was informative and spoke interestingly about his home, and was open to questions... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had wanted to do this tour on the Saturday but had to come back on the Sunday as there was a private function. I suspect this happens quite a lot so it might be worth checking in advance to avoid disappointment. You cannot just walk around, you have to take the tour in order to visit the castle. At... More

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Huddersfield
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Unfortunately closed for a private function when we got there but looks well worth a visit when properly open

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Given by Bishop William Van Mildert in 1832 grown to become a high ranking academic place of learning. Tour given by undergraduate who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and full of witty anecdotes, including the staircase an old doorway recently discovered

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the 45 min tour of the castle. The guide was great and the place is beautiful. My favorite part of the tour was the cave like chapel. It's a must see while your visiting the town.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The guided tour offered round the Castle is fantastic, informative, and interesting. The student who showed us round had extensive knowledge and was more than happy to ask any questions our group had. I used to be a student at Durham University but had never seen further than the bar of the Castle, so it was really interesting to explore... More

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