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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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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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Fascinating tour of Norman architecture

The Castle is used by the University and so all visits are organised tours. We were shown round by a student who was very informative. Best bits were the Norman Chapel which had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with our two children, aged 6 and 3. The visit took the form of a guided tour and to her credit the guide was knowledgeable about the areas included within the tour. As the castle is home to university students most areas were restricted and not open to visitors. The children found it very hard going as they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Castle is used by the University and so all visits are organised tours. We were shown round by a student who was very informative. Best bits were the Norman Chapel which had lain undiscovered for 600 years and also a Norman archway which had also been covered up thus preserving it in much better condition than would otherwise have... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great guide, wonderful history, still halls of residence for students of Durham University . Lots of interesting features for example the double doors to students rooms. Outside door closed means " I am studying, do not disturb " if the door is open it means " I am happy to receive visitors " that's just a tiny part of the... More 

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Business held Xmas party here & it was such a gorgeous venue to hold it although big hall initially cold with party dresses! Food provided was very nice too

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Thank kmc012016
Durham City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the castle is home to university students, there are opportunities for a guided tour, often carried out by the students themselves. Fascinating history in a beautiful setting on the palace green right next to the cathedral. Check opening times as its not accessible all year round.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing place full of history and still occupied by students going about their daily business. The guide was lovely and looked after our small group very well. Not to be missed when you are in the area.

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Thank Tony H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Steeped in history, amazing. Fantastic architecture, both inside and out. Don't hesitate to visit. Great place for both adults and children of all ages.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Durham Castle makes a great day out with the picturesque cathedral thrown in for free too. Durham is in the North of Englandshireshire. A lovely picturesque town with quaint shops and streets. Of course being England - they will throw in some night life too.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting tour of the castle which also houses student accommodation. We weren't able to visit the great hall as there was a university meeting but this is usually included in the tour.

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the tour very informative and funny - pay in the library just next to the castle. Lots of displayed art work and also amazingly ornate parts of the castle stonework. I may return sometime to stay in the hols as the castle does B&B when students vacate.

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