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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 374 3863
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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, Cultural
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 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.During university vacations: daily 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please check the tour times with Palace Green Library to avoid disappointment

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nyk
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219 reviews 219 reviews
137 attraction reviews
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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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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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26 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Well documented throughout the tour, guide was very good. Wonderful building, full of history and culture, you will not be disappointed.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I may be somewhat biased as I live in Durham but the castle is a "must visit". Built high on the banks of the river Wear, the castle and the cathedral have majestic views over the countryside. The castle is accessible by a 15 - 20 minutes walk (uphill!) from the bus or train station, and via the cathedral bus... More 

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can only visit the Castle in a guided tour as it is also the University now. Our guide was excellent in his presentation of facts & history with a good mix of humour. Wonderful to see such a historic building evolve into modern use. While we could respect the fact that students & uni staff live, study & work... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Durham Castle is a Norman Castle in the city of durham, which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College Durham. It is open to the general public to viist, but only through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and a home to 100 students. The castle stands on top of a hill above... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We took our daughters on the tour of the castle and it was informative and fascinating for both children and adults. A wonderful castle, still in use today. Well worth the trip. If you want to visit the castle you need to go on a tour; it is best to book ahead.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Conducted by a former student - currently students and other professionals live in the castle! - you will have the opportunity to have a History class during the one hour tour. Worth your visit.

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