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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Great history and a B&B too!

We visited the castle for a tour while staying at nearby St Chad's college, and were interested and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Enjoyable visit

An interesting example of layered architectural periods. There are some very fine Norman features... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne C
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Uncover 1000 years of history in this undefeated castle built in the Norman period as an imposing fortress, Durham Castle’s story is entwined with that of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, whose semi-regal status made them some of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country. 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, as the home of University College, the founding college of Durham University. Today Durham Castle is a Grade I Listed Building, a Museum and remains a living building, evolving to modern day life while retaining its power to impress as part of the iconic Durham skyline. 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 1.15pm, 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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Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the castle for a tour while staying at nearby St Chad's college, and were interested and a little jealous to hear that we could have booked B&B in the castle instead! Interestingly the old-looking tower on the hill was in fact built by...More

Thank janeydob
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An interesting example of layered architectural periods. There are some very fine Norman features, especially the original Norman gate and the Norman chapel in the undercroft, with its lovely sandstone columns. Later additions and modifications owe their existence to the Prince Bishops of Durham, and...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You can only visit the castle with a guided tour, and in my 50-odd years of connection with Durham I've never bothered before. I won't again. It's only a fiver and it's only 45 mins, but I'd sooner give both to the Cathedral. You get...More

Thank Sleepysand
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth the price of the tour. The guide was most informative. Most of the tour is inside so no problem if it is raining.

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice tour with a recent graduate who explained the history of the castle well. Lovely buildings but could only see a fraction as most of it is student accommodation.

Thank Col07
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle can't be seen real well without the 5 pound tour. It was just okay. However, what makes this amazing is if you STAY in the castle. Staying in the castle, specifically the bishop's room was fabulous!

Thank brandasa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a weekend exploring Durham and this was a great addition to the sights and sounds of Durham.

2  Thank olibot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant place to visit and is definitely worth a trip out. Not many places are as nice to visit and a good family day out

Thank Pete R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Near the Cathedral, it is high above the city and affords great views. Although closed for some reason the day we were there, it is worth the climb to see the outside and grounds.

Thank 2010mustang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful city and buildings, a must to visit, there are lots of restaurants to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Thank Jean H
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Christine P
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Chriscampion2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the castle but outside yes
June 20, 2016|
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Response from Steven J | Reviewed this property |
The cathedral is free and I cannot remember the cost to visit the castle It wasn't much The tickets were on sale at the university next door
Patricia B
March 12, 2016|
Response from Durham C | Property representative |
Dear Patricia, Thank you for getting in touch to book accommodation unfortunately I can only provide information on the Castle Tours and the Museum. For more information and booking for accommodation, please telephone us on... More