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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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Well worth a visit - you may need to book in advance

We did a tour of the castle whilst on a long weekend in Durham We booked in for the 4pm tour on on our first afternoon and really enjoyed it. Our guide was excellent. She was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We did a tour of the castle whilst on a long weekend in Durham We booked in for the 4pm tour on on our first afternoon and really enjoyed it. Our guide was excellent. She was friendly approachable and well informed. The tour took about 45 mins. This was a highlight of our visit to Durham.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Having never been to durham before we decided it was worth paying for the guided tour. The tour itself lasted about 45 mins with the guide giving the history and story of the place. Well worth doing at least once.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

did a tour of the castle and enjoyed it very much. It was the highlight of our time in Durham. Our guide was a 4 th year student and she was excellent. Friendly approachable and well informed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Located across from the cathedral the castle offers a great insight to the history of the region. A good attraction for all of the family.

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Manchester
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very very disappointing. So looking forward to seeing this. However apparently weddings take precedent now. Private wedding party can seemingly commandeer a whole castle for the afternoon leaving tourists out in the cold. Disgusting.

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Rode Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Recommend a tour of this little gem. It is part of Durham University and access is only possible via a guided tour. University students recount the history of the castle as you pass through the court yard, dining hall, chapel, etc. Excellent value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I can not over emphasise what an exciting and informative guided tour this was. The guide, Caitlin Potter knew her onions and used emphasise rather than sounding like a text book/learned script. I know you can not look into the student's bedrooms - but it would have been interesting!! Afternoon tea was served afterwards and what a wonderful tea it... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A lovely building and a very interesting history. Well worth a look. Its a bit of a shame that you can only go in as part of a tour group and cant go off and explore yourself but the tours are informative and the guides very knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Well worth taking. Tour guide Caitlin very informative and pleasant. Quality of sandwiches, cakes and mini scones excellent.

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Workington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

The castle can only be viewed on a guided tour, bookable nearby, as it is part of the university campus. Our guide was interesting and fun and told us some interesting facts about the castle. Loved the underground chapel. The castle is in the same area as the cathedral with good views of the surrounding area. Well worth a visit.

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