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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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A Castle that Matches the Cathedral in Scope

Durham Castle matches the grandeur and size of Durham's great church. The Castle is old, and has... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
PhilViking
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Interesting guided tour

Access by guided tour only as this castle is part of Durham University. Our guide brought parts of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JRandJ
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Dover
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Durham Castle matches the grandeur and size of Durham's great church. The Castle is old, and has many changes over the centuries. Now, as the site of Durham University, you access is limited to the guided tours, which are well worthwhile. In about 90 minutes...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 5 days ago

Access by guided tour only as this castle is part of Durham University. Our guide brought parts of the castle to life with her interesting and knowledgeable explanation of its history and architecture. A worthwhile visit to an architectural gem in the centre of this...More

Thank JRandJ
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were lucky enough to be guided by Raffaela and she was brilliant - so knowledgeable and with the ability to pace the tour so that we could all enjoy every bit of it. The times that access to the Castle are limited when the...More

Thank lizrowley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a guided tour and it's best to check the website for times as they do vary quite a bit to fit around the fact that it is a working building for the university. Very reasonable price for a good hour of interesting dialogue...More

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are happy that you enjoyed seeing the original Norman architecture and thought it was beautiful, and that you thought your visit was good value for money. One of the reasons we ask that no photos are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful Castle and grounds. I have been several times but unfortunately they do close the castle with no prior notice due to events and weddings so if you arrive there it may not be accessible - best to check in advance!

Thank jai_ewe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We managed to get in on the last slot of the day, the castle was fabulous made so by the informative guide, we visited a few of the small churches/places of worship and we were explained how the castle had evolved and the history being...More

Thank 321Katrina
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are pleased that you thought your guide was informative, and that you think it’s great that the castle is still used by students and for other events such as weddings. One of the key things that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fully intact due to the wise decisions of Bishops since 1070 and it's conversion to being the University's main college in the early 19th Century. A quiet and reflective space with outstanding architecture from almosty a millenium ago, yet used every day by the student...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited the magnificent Cathedral of a previous trip we decided to take one of the guided tours of the Castle since, as explained in other reviews, you cannot just wander about on your own. We booked just a few minutes before the tour started...More

Thank Barry K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To enter you have to guided in. You can join the guided tour via the library, located next to the castle. the tour guide was fantastic in sharing the history of the castle and gave us plenty time to check out the various parts of...More

Thank Sufi S
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and that you thought your guide was fantastic- all of our guides are very enthusiastic and love sharing the stories of the castle with visitors.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide did an excellent tour. Loved the norman chapel and the history behind it. Amazing history behind the facade.

Thank scotlandexplorer
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Christine P
16 May 2017|
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Response from Chriscampion2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the castle but outside yes
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junebrignall
21 June 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
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Patricia B
13 March 2016|
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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
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