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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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A lovely castle with great dining facility

Myself and 9 work colleagues had a guided tour around the castle by a very well informed guide. The castle is steeped in history and I found it very enjoyable. After the tour we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Devizes United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Myself and 9 work colleagues had a guided tour around the castle by a very well informed guide. The castle is steeped in history and I found it very enjoyable. After the tour we had a drinks reception in the main hall followed by a lovely 3 course meal. You would have to book this specially but it cetainly added... More 

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Washington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

As usual one never visits attractions that are on our doorstep. However this was put right a couple of weeks ago with a tour booked, paying at the Heritage Centre just off Sadlers Street. The knowledge was very good and communicated in an upbeat manner with questions answered very politely. Well worth the time and money.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Durham castle is a very nice place, the people are very helpful. There is to much to talk about so I suggest you all go and visit the castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Brilliant tour guide interesting and informative tour. Our tour guide had a lot of historical information and was very knowledgeable about the art and architecture. Highly recommend

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Good place plenty history and picture galleries on down side not Mandy people to ask any think also get tickets from office preside to castle

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very cool place to visit. Call ahead to make sure there are no events prohibiting entry. We didn't get to go in because of a large event. Just got to walk around the grounds

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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

It's advisable to book for this visit as the tours do get full and for £5 it's definitely worth taking a look, the guide will explain the history and current day use of the castle and is interesting fairly quick tour so is worth combining with a visit to the cathedral.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We took the £5.00 tour of the castle. Our tour guide Josh had a wealth of knowledge and made this a very interesting visit. We would recommend taking this tour to anyone visiting Durham.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Lovely place to visit. Lots of interesting things to see. Amazing to see all the alterations over the years

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

have to obtain ticket from heritage centre about 5 minutes walk, once you have wrist band the castle has good facilities. lots of information relating to the castle heritage. the dining room looks like a room from harry potter. the black staircase is something to walk up as they are quite different, the notice at the bottom of them explains... More 

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