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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
(0191) 374 3863
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Ranked #9 of 23 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A fascinating look back into the cities history.Only a 45minute tour but well worth it .The great hall and chapel being particular highlights

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I would like to rate the castle fairly but unfortunately we arrived there at 13:30 and according to the sign we had missed the last tour for the day. Gutted. If this was winter time I would accept this but it was mid-september. Unfortunately for its entrance times I can only give the castle the lowest possible rating. Does look... More

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Genoa, Italy
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425 reviews 425 reviews
210 attraction reviews
890 helpful votes 890 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Sitting next to the Cathedral on Palace Green this is a UNESCO World Heritage Castle; (the inspiration for Harry Potter) wonderful to visit on tour. The tour is very educational and gives a window on how the castle has been used/abused and renovated over many, many years! Tickets are available from the Library Palace Green office which opens at 9am... More

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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Excellent Ph D student took us around, very good indeed. Although it started off as a proper Norman Motte and Bailey, it grew according to the power and ambitions of the Prince Bishops. The architecture is a wonderful mixture and re development of various styles. Particularly interesting are the two Chapels, especially the Norman one with an original Sally Port.... More

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
68 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I don't usually bother with castles and stately homes but this one is well worth checking out. The guided tours are interesting and informative. The connections with the cathedral and university are made clear as well as the title of the Prince Bishops. Today,, Durham university students can get married there so you may find a wedding is in progress... More

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

this place is ok if you have spare time on your hands i could only spend about an hour at the most there as there is not much to see.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Takes you back in time of heritage.fab place.so much information given best to go on guided tour you won't be sorry.

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leeds
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The first day we went to the castle it was closed for a private function. The only way into the castle is if you take a guided tour which lasts about 45 minutes Approx, and cost's 5 pounds each adult. Because there are students that use the castle and live in it you don't get to see it all. During... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Don't like to rate due to a "non" experience, but it was closed and no part was open to view due to a wedding. Sorry to miss all parts of this historical site.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have visited Durham castle twice in the last eighteen months and was impressed on both occasions. It is a grand and impressive building which has elements of architectural style from the 11th to 19th century. I particularly enjoyed both chapels. The guides are very good. They speak from obvious personal knowledge and don't trot out the same pat spiel... More

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