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Durham Castle

Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 191 374 3863
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Ranked #9 of 21 Attractions 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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Stirling, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Originally a Norman castle built in the 11th century this has been the home of Durham University students since 1840. Only viewable by guided tour but well worth it especially to see the 11th century Norman chapel

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We paid for the guided tour of the castle which was very short although informative, the rest of the castle is out of bounds as it is used as student accommodation. A lovely castle with loads of history but only a very small part is open to the public.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Beautiful castle not to be missed when visiting Durham. Had an excellent, informative tour by a lovely student. What a privilege to be taught in such a lovely environment.

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West Calder, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very interesting tour with a lovely young lady guide. She was very knowledgeable and really brought the history of the castle to life.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Having lived in Durham 30+ years we thought it time to visit the Castle. We booked via the World Heritage Visitor Centre it cost £3.50p per person for the age concession ticket. The tour was led by Caitlin the new Castle tour guide. The tour was very well delivered and very informative. The tour took an hour and visited several... More 

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wales
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

went around the castle on a guided tour which was excellent,what a priviledge it must be to be a student studying here,such an historic castle and surprisingly warm.the guide was one of the students and was very knowledgeable and proud of the castle..highly recommend a tour of castle..no photo's allowed tho'..

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nyk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

As its managed by university, the tickets are available at the university center just outside the castle. The ticket prices involve the guided tour, which is very good and informtive. Overall a very nice castle and well maintened piece of heritage.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

At the last moment I decided to pay to visit. They offer discount for OAP. Not expecting that much, it is part of the university now and occupied as a hall of residence. But was shown round by a guide who is a post-graduate and he was excellent. Worth the effort. The great hall is super and the undercroft is... More 

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Oswestry
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Very imposing, lovely aspects from all sides of the castle. Very well preserved and looked after. Tours available to explain history. Worth a visit if you like castle - plenty to see.

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Barrowford, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Would recommend this - it has to be a guided tour as it is a university. The tour takes approximately one hour and is well worth it to be told about the history of the castle and cathedral.

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