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Durham Castle

Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 191 374 3863
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Ranked #8 of 47 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Durham Castle is unique building with 900 years of living history. Today not only is it a Grade I...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Blyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not what I had expected on a castle tour as I had no idea it is used to house students, still a nice little tour with plenty of interesting information & our tour guide was lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Really enjoyed this with the family. Caitlyn (fingers crossed) was a fabulous tour guide who was very attentive to the children's questions. My only whine was I wish there was more to see however I understand it is a place where students reside and to be respected. Excellent however and very informative. Thank you for a lovely day.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Was a guest at a wedding ,the surroundings are fantastic the staff on duty were very friendly and courteous and the food was great all in all an enjoyable experience.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went to a wedding at the Castle and had a superb day. We wnt back for a further, more I depth tour which was brilliant. Certainly a place to visit

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The tour takes about an hour and currently costs £5 for adults and £3.50 concessions - or, if you stay in the castle B&B it is free. You only get to see a few parts of the inside of the castle and aren't allowed to take pictures while inside as it is used for student housing (and a B&B). However,... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Working school now, and tours given by students. It's fascinating to see how this building has been altered for use through out it's history . Something you can't find in the States for sure.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Castle is an active college so you must book a tour in the library ahead of time. College students lead the tours but they are well informed (likely history majors) and have lots of information to share. The norman chapel is of particular interest.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Quite surprised about the things i Learnt. Take a tour. It is a students residence. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Despite a bitter wintery wind, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Durham Castle which was lead by an incredibly knowledgable, friendly and engaging guide. Interesting little historical details were pointed out and I felt as though we spend a good amount of time discovering the various areas of the castle. Usually, I leave a tour and seem to forget everything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My son is lucky enough to be part of University College at Durham which is based in this Castle and whenever we visit him we cannot resist a tour! The history is fantastic and it is truly Harry Potter ish. Isn't it wonderful to see a Castle such as this being carefully preserved but also having such a practical use.... More 

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