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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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I recommend a tour of this castle.

What an extremely interesting visit this was.It was just over an hour and our guide was excellent, full of knowledge. The lucky students live in some parts of the castle but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Northwich
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Northwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What an extremely interesting visit this was.It was just over an hour and our guide was excellent, full of knowledge. The lucky students live in some parts of the castle but the chapels and Great Hall were fantastic. Worth every penny of the £5.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It was much bigger than we was expecting. Unfortunately it was closed due to an advent.The entrance is just along from the cathedral so everything is within walking distance from market square

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Durham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Excellent place to visit the hanging staircase is magnificent as is all the castle well worth a visit I know I enjoy it every time I go and take friends and family

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Wark, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Been to Durham lots of time but never done the Castle tour so thought why not you have to go round in a party no wondering off or going by yourself because its a hall of residents for the students . The guild was very good and was not put off when my phone rang and I had to hang... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

When I told my friends and family that I will be doing a history tour of the north with Durham as my main stop, I saw a question mark. "Durham? Where is this?" I'm so happy I did the trip, which also included a day trip to York and Bishop Auckland. Castle is couple of minutes walk from the Cathedral... More 

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Washington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Took the visit of rellies from down under to urge us to go. It was very very interesting. More than you could ever believe. Many and varied things that I learned during the guided tour. I recommend highly. I may even do it again as there was so much to take in the first time around.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Lovely visit to the castle, went on the tour which was really interesting and gives a great background to the castle. Well worth the visit

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Friendly and informative guide who encouraged us to ask any questions we thought of. Well worth booking and I'm glad I made the effort. Would now like to get into one of the b&b rooms for my next visit!

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

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

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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