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Durham Castle

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Address: The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: 441913342932
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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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Visited half hour before closing but actually enough time. Beautiful inside with very interesting history. Very old Norman chapel. Worth a visit even if short on time

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited half hour before closing but actually enough time. Beautiful inside with very interesting history. Very old Norman chapel. Worth a visit even if short on time

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide Chris, a post graduate history scholar, was obviously knowledgeable but our group consisted of foreign tourists that didn't understand his UK 'in' jokes and I think an audio tour in many languages would be much better. The Castle is part of the University of Durham, so is not always open but it has many interesting architectural facets and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a wedding and it was beautiful. Lovely gardens and things to see. Very atmospheric and lovely to think it's still used by the university for accommodation.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took the 45 min tour through the castle. The guide, Chris, is very funny and knows a lot about history. Also, the castle is worth visiting. No Harry Potter scenes were shot here, that's the Cathedral. The only downside was that it did not last longer!

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Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Among with the cathedral, the castle sits on a hill in the centre of the old city. It's an interesting mix of mediaeval and modern, once the home of the Prince Bishops, now part of the University and student residences.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful tour, from a very knowledgeable student, lovely that the castle is part of the university. Lots of original features and a good insight into how the castle was over the different ages

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 3 nights at this lovely castle doing bed and breakfast. Our room was a good sized double with en suite and a door and steps leading down to the gardens. The very good breakfast buffet was served in the magnificent Great Hall, and there was a bar in the evenings. All the staff were friendly and welcoming as... More 

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get Chris to run your tour. Erudite and witty. The most fun tour round a big castle Ive had this week. No really he was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short tour, but worth the trip. The tour is about 45 minutes and it takes you around the grounds. The best part is the Norman Chapel that was buried for 600 years.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle was closed! So disappointed. Outside is beautiful but just really wanted to let the kids have a castle adventure.

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