Staying in Durham castle is definitely a unique experience and the views are fantastic. Situated right in the heart of Durham, this is the perfect place to explore the city. During term time this place is a student hall of residence, but when the students go home, it becomes a B&B. Rooms are of a decent size and clean. Shampoo, shower gel, towels, kettle, coffee, tea and a hairdryer are provided, but there's no TV or internet available - it is after all a castle!
Rooms can be booked as en-suite or with shared bathrooms across the hall. En-suite bathrooms are basically wet rooms as you would find in a camper van, but they are clean and a decent size. The communal toilets and shower rooms are very modern and clean.
Breakfast is served in the "Great Hall", which is an experience in itself and the buffet is plentyful (however, on our second morning there was no hot food due to some problem in the kitchen).
There were some drawbacks to staying at the castle though: My room did not have any heating (the radiator was on, but never warm) and was therefore quite cold. Furthermore, as this is a real life castle, sound carries from everywhere, so doors bang regularly and anyone standing in the hallway talking to someone will be heard quite clearly in all surrounding rooms.
People with disabilities affecting their ability to walk should either stay away from this place or make sure they specify their requirements in their booking, because there are no lifts and getting to most rooms involves climbing up and down a number of stairs (mine was 83 stairs from reception).
- Also Known As:
- Durham Castle Hotel Durham
- Castle Hotel Durham