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Durham Castle

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Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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+44 191 334 2932
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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 1.15pm, 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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I was leaving more than 2 years in Durham and never seen before but It is a great place with nice view and as expectacular as the cathedral. Really a wonderful place. The unique... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was leaving more than 2 years in Durham and never seen before but It is a great place with nice view and as expectacular as the cathedral. Really a wonderful place. The unique problem is time that you can visit that usually except you are on holidays is complicated

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is now a hall of residence for the University but there are public events such as Shakespeare in the Garden. It was a Saxon stronghold when the Vikings were active and has a beautiful Norman chapel.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are only able to have a look inside the castle if you are on a guided tour. Tickets available from the library. We were shown around the castle by a young lady, (did not get her name), who was so passionate in her almost continuous description and knowledge of the history and surroundings. How the castle was originally a... More 

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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When in Durham a cist to the castle is a must. Spend time looking at the structure and I'd you have children will be good for them to go back in time.

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are so happy that you think that the castle is a must-see, and particularly pleased you think it’s a good place for children to visit. In the last year we have worked hard to make children’s visits to the castle more fun and interactive by developing children’s trails, teddy bear hunts and... More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arguably the most visited place in Durham and I enjoyed it more than the Cathedral. The tour guide was thorough and informative, able to answer all questions anyone had. There's a lot to see in the castle and you see a lot with the tour. Impeccable place and I can't recommend enough if you're in the area.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful building and good for a quick photo opportunity but trying to find it open is difficult. It's an attraction that doesn't want to be visited....

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are pleased that you believe the castle is beautiful, and enjoyed taking pictures of it. The Castle is a working building and a home to over Durham University students. Typically we try and run tours at 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15 during term time, and 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15... More 

Keswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Recently enjoyed a 45 minute tour of the castle. It was very enjoyable & our tour guide was lovely and very informative. I wish I could remember her name - she was blonde and wore a red bobble hat. Thanks for the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Was the best night ever with the most amazing bar staff, venue, organisers. The best experience ever and I couldn't recommend it enough x

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

My partner and me booked ourselves on an afternoon tour of the Castle. This is not a walk in when you want attraction. You MUST get you tickets for specific times with a tour guide during the day. The tour guide was fantastic at imparting her knowledge of the caste to us. the tour took about an hour and the... More 

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour and thought the guide was excellent- our team of guides are all enthusiastic and happy to be sharing the history of the building with visitors which often relates to key points in British History. More 

Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is not a long tour as there is limited access to the castle as much of it forms a hall of residence for the university. The guide was excellent - had a great knowledge of the history of the castle which dates back to Norman times.

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour and thought the guide was excellent- our team of guides are all enthusiastic and happy to be sharing the history of the building with visitors. You are correct in noting that part of the castle is used as student accommodation and this makes... More 

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