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Durham Castle

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Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Phone Number: 441913342932

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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Good for a Sunday afternoon

It's one of the obligatory place to visit in Durham. The trip is quite short (45 minutes) but the guide tells very interesting story about the castle. It's worth to notice that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Aleksandra K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Durham for the day & walked upto the castle & had a look around inside the buildings. Very pleasant route around some of the main rooms. Pity it did not include more areas of the castle.

Thank Richard B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's one of the obligatory place to visit in Durham. The trip is quite short (45 minutes) but the guide tells very interesting story about the castle. It's worth to notice that for the Durham University students the entrance is free.

Thank Aleksandra K
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The number of rooms visited is very limited, but the reasonable fee for this is OK. Excellent student guide, provided good information. Told that there was to be no photography for (a) student living accommodation, (b) security issues. This is a rubbish policy which really needs reviewing. I was unable to take photos of the excellent stained glass in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was short - just an hour - and had to be prebooked. Prob need to book a day in advance in peak season, or at least the morning u arrive. We booked before we went into the cathedral so there was no hanging around. Guide was very interesting. Tour was good

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful well worth a visit loved my day there and would deffinatly recommend and return at some point

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice little coffee where you can have light lunch as well. You could seat outside and enjoy the view of the cathedral and a blue sky if you are lucky with the weather.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely castle full of history lucky students who can afford to have rooms within the castle , and also enjoyed the guided tour very interesting

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a great guided tour of Durham castle, conducted by a graduate of Durham University who having graduated in history, was suitably knowledgeable. The castle is used as digs for some of Durham university students and therefore entry is via booked tours only, which run every hour or so. The castle has many interesting features including a fantastically preserved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

School visit! Children and staff loved visiting the castle. Learnt the whole history of the castle and Durham. A must visit. Would definitely visit again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The young lady that was our guide was excellent and imparted lots of information about the history of the castle as she showed us round. Although the castle is used to house students the chapels and Great Hall are accessible to the tour. I would recommend this if you are visiting Durham.

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