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“Princely” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Durham Castle

Durham Castle
Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 374 3863
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Durham
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Princely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Castle is now part of Durham University and is used during term time although you can visit as part of a guided tour. It sits atop the hill adjacent to the Cathedral, overlooking the river Wear below. The view as you enter Durham is stunning. It used to be the Palace of the Prince Bishops.

Visited August 2012
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“Castle visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Paid and visited Cathedral which is just nearby whilst waited for the tour time. The castle was in use and whilst the guide was informative we didn't see much of the building, just a few rooms. The tour was worth the entrance fee and lasted 50 mins.The dining hall was the most impressive - very Harry Potter

Visited February 2013
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“Steeped in history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Well worth a visit and a guided tour which is very interesting. Bit boring for the little ones though.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Hogwarts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

What an amazing place, fab architecture. The 1 hour guided tour by one of the uni students flew by - could have spent hours listening, she was so knowledgable. The grand hall was straight out of a Harry Potter movie! A must see on a visit to Durham

Visited January 2013
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Tours are run on an hourly basis, taken by students, as it is actually part of the uni. The tour was very informative & the architecture was stunning.

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