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Address: The Castle 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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This is a very beautiful castle from the inside and the outside. Walking through the gate and arch you already have a great view of this stunning castle. Book a tour to see the... read more

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Nuertingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very beautiful castle from the inside and the outside. Walking through the gate and arch you already have a great view of this stunning castle. Book a tour to see the inside, absolutely worth a visit.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The home of University College in the University of Durham, the (Grade 1, World Historic site) Castle opens its doors to the public to visit the historic parts which are not occupied by the students. You can visit the Great Hall, where the students still take their meals, the Black Staircase, various galleries and the College Chapel, Out of term... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The castle you see from town is really a college dorm connected to some old parts of the church and orginial buildings. NTours are timed entry and take 30-45 minutes with some stairs.

Thank riceland
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well deserves World heritage status - very atmospheric, and well preserved. Norman chapel is an unforgettable treasure. Great Hall and whole setting is very Harry Potter.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As the castle in part of the working university you only really get to see 2 chapels, a corridor and the great hall. What you see is interesting but a visit is only 45 mins so it is a bit limitdd for the money. Also the groups they take should be a bit smaller in size due to the limited... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can't just go inside the castle, you have to book a timed tour which lasted about 45 minutes. The young tour guide named Tom was brilliant especially considering it was his first time! He told us lots of interesting stories about the castle, its history and other interesting facts. A must see!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to book a guided tour at a set time, really nice interesting building. The tour guide was brilliant very interesting and funny with lots of stories relating to the building.

Thank dlp52
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first visit to the castle,really enjoyed the guided tour with Lara a durham biology student.Very interesting historical stories and the rooms gave the feeling you where in the distant past.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle can be seen on the skyline from all over Durham but as you climb up towards the cathedral it mysteriously vanishes from view. Do not be detered, seek it out, book and purchase your tickets from the library near to the cathedral. Prepare yourself for a "wow factor " after you enter through the main gate, the guided... More 

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Nottingham UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a castle, it's got a long history and it's a college for Durham University. That's a very short, sharp summary of an excellent tour with an excellent guide around an excellent place but that was what it basically boiled down to. At least it is still there as part of the fabulous history of the North east.

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