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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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We visited here on Saturday and we were shown around by Josh who was brilliant at bringing the tales from the past alive with his enthusiasm and obvious love for the place. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited here on Saturday and we were shown around by Josh who was brilliant at bringing the tales from the past alive with his enthusiasm and obvious love for the place. The tour took about an hour in total and we were lucky enough to also see the castle set up for a wedding later than afternoon- what a... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting the cathedral you must visit the castle. It's well worth the small entry fee for an informative and interesting guided tour which takes you round parts of the castle which now houses Durham University. Must be a magical place to study!

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We had a family tour of Durham Castle recently and it was fabulous. Our guide (Caitlin) was well informed and exactly the right fit for her job. Well worth a visit for any age

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

An excellent place to see when visiting Durham. On one occasion when we wanted to go inside, there was a sign stating that the castle was closed to the public for the afternoon, as there was a wedding taking place. After enquiring to find out more information, I was told that during the summer months, Durham Castle is understandably popular,... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A very interesting place - a historic castle still used by the university students. We had an excellent guided tour to see some of the most outstanding parts. They were also doing family tours so there is something for all ages

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

you really must pay a visit here just to feel the history the sense of passion that was felt in the north in the Middle Ages and still resonates today Students walking to classes and exams the cathedral behind you in the square take a moment to just sit and takes one pictures that capture your moment

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Retford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a guided tour of Durham Castle given by one of the academics. It was very informative and thorough. From the square that doesn't appear to be a lot there but we spent three-quarters of an hour being taken round it and learning about all the history.It was good value for money .You just book your place on a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

You can only visit the castle with a guided tour. Interesting that the castle is fully functional for the students: they live there, they eat there, they go to church there...

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Mijas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Book onto a guided tour given by Josh and you will not be disappointed. A first class orator with a good clear voice he tells the history of the castle with lovely anecdotes and humour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We have stayed in Durham Castle twice, the first time in student accommodation, huge room on suite and very nice breakfast in the Great Hall. Second visit we stayed in the Bishops Suite. Separate sitting room , lovely bedroom with a huge four poster bed, you need a step ladder to climb into it. Chez lounge wonderful for relaxing. Separate... More 

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Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 191 374 3863
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham

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