Durham Castle

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Durham Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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Experience over 1000 years of living history on a Durham Castle Tour. Built as an imposing fortress by the Normans, Durham Castle's story is entwined with that of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, whose semi-regal status made them some of the country's most powerful and wealthy men. Discover a castle that gradually turned into a lavish palace, which was affected by major historical events from the Reformation to the English Civil War. It was transformed in the Victorian period into a place of learning. Today Durham Castle is part of the World Heritage Site, but it is also home to University College, the founding college of Durham University with over 300 students living in or around the Castle, making it unique as it remains a living and working castle. We hope you enjoy your visit.
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Giorgos T
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly as well. It is worth the visit and the experience!
Written January 24, 2022
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Stephen MS
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Olivia the tour guide was excellent: engaging, articulate, and knowledgeable. The site is remarkable - I just wish we could see more of it
Written January 24, 2022
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Scott Carter
Durham, UK4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The Castle is an incredibly historic and awe inspiring building that it has stood alongside the cathedral as the centrepieces of Durham City for nearly a millennium.

The stone fortress was the seat of power in the north and it’s exterior projects it’s strength and history with a hilltop keep surrounded by imposing castle walls.

It’s interior however shows the extreme wealth and extravagance of the Prince Bishops who inhabited the castle in the past. With luxury and expense to be seen in every room.
Written January 1, 2022
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best wishes,
Written January 17, 2022
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PAUL R
Witney, UK126 contributions
Dec 2021
Costs a little for the tour but well worth it to learn so much from a genuine PhD student guide and see some really old rooms!
Written December 22, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best wishes,
Written January 17, 2022
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Emelia P
north east17 contributions
Dec 2021
Great day out, Olivia our tour guide was very informative and told us all about the age of the castle and what happened there through out history, it's a wonderful place. thoroughly enjoyed the tour visited 3rd december 2021
Written December 4, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and loved our guided tour. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best wishes,
Written January 17, 2022
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Sarah P
Grimsby, UK13 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Wow - what a treat to see so much of historical value so well maintained and still in use. fabulous guide who was very knowledgeable and helpful. A real insight into life at the castle in years gone by. Encourage all visitors to Durham to do thistrip
Written November 12, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and loved our guided tour. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best wishes,
Written January 17, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,492 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
On a week's holiday in Newcastle Upon Tyne my twin brother Stephen and I decided to jump the train down to Durham for a day out ,one of the first sites we viewed was Durham Castle.
This is a fantastic castle ,parts of it date from 1072 ,a Norman castle built on the orders of William The Conqueror, stones were cut from the cliffs below the castle for the construction of this wonderful looking building, its now home to Durham's University College ,has been since 1837 ,its just one amazing looking building, justifiably world famous, more so with its connections to the Harry Potter movies ,all in all a beautiful castle to visit if you're planning a trip to Durham.
Written November 6, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best wishes,
Written January 17, 2022
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American-in-LondonUK
Coslada, Spain190 contributions
Oct 2021
45 min tour by 3rd year student. My teen and I found it very interesting. £5 for me, free for him. Bargain.
Written November 1, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes,
Written November 4, 2021
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Dave C
Tamworth, UK146 contributions
Oct 2021
A 2nd year student (Ariel) guided us superbly round the castle and she had plenty of information to give us.
The beautiful chapel with lovely sandstone pillars and what is thought to be the earliest carving of a mermaid is a delight. The most amazing carved archway well preserved in the hallway then on to the famous black staircase.
So nice to see the building being used on a daily basis by the students whose accommodation is within the buildings and in the keep.
Written October 31, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. Ariel is one of our new guides and it is great to hear you had such a good experience during her tour. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes,
Written November 4, 2021
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JulieLW
Hindley, UK22 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Great hour spent looking around the castle
Guided by the very informative and friendly Ariel
Castle is amazing and the Great Hall is lovely to see
Written October 27, 2021
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Many thanks for your review of your tour of Durham Castle. Ariel is one of our new guides and it is great to hear you had such a good experience during her tour. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes,
Written November 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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