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Durham Castle

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Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 191 374 3863
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Description: 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 1.15P,, 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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One of my faverate places

Just walking through those doors its so majestic . The atmosphere / the history / the guides are excellent . Last time I was there I was told the story of the Scottish army kept... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Sadly Durham Castle is currently a University hall of residence, so opening times and access are limited. We visited on a Heritage Open Day when a very interesting, but short, tour was available.

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Lille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Just walking through those doors its so majestic . The atmosphere / the history / the guides are excellent . Last time I was there I was told the story of the Scottish army kept prisoners there and the damage they did Codurham being a mining county there's a lovely tribute book to mine disasters and on request the staff... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Loved the castle, lunch in the medieval hall, just take your time and appreciate the history . It's so nice to see a historic building being used today as a student centre and living area.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

First of all, be aware that you do need to book your guided tour in advance. You will not be allowed to just wander around on your own, and if you expect to buy tickets on the day you might find that the castle is closed. That being said, it only takes a phone call to book, so it's no... More 

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Durants Neck, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Durham castle is now used by the university as housing for students and I assume classrooms. We were not allowed inside the castle but we got some pictures of the inner bailey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A great guided tour around Durham castle if you are interested in history or just want to see the unque accommodation of students at Castle College, University of Durham

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Well worth visiting when in Durham. You can only visit on a guided tour, but tickets can be booked just before from the Library foyer next to the castle entrance. The guide we had was excellent, allowing us time to take photos and look further after her explanations. We were not hurried at all.

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Nuneaton, Warwickshire u.k.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

as this area is where all of my family are from, going back to great grandmothers etc.,it was a joy to return and to see the Castle they often spoke of. If you go to Durham it would be an awful shame not to visit

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Chesterfield, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Durham Castle and it's history looks and sounds an incredible place, so it's disappointing to find that the guided tour (£5 each) allows access to very little of it. Yes, it's part of the University and students live and work there, and it's the only way to see any of it. The Chapel and the Main Hall are very impressive,... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The building contains an inspirationalm array of ancient treasures as well as a number of contemporary pieces. The ambience of the majesty of the vast interior is a wonderful experience. i was especially inspired by the St Bedes tomb at the very rear of the building. The organ is both a piece of great beauty and sounds incredible. the only... More 

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Address: Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 191 374 3863
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