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Durham Castle

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Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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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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Beautiful inside and out

Live in Durham but had never been to this beautiful castle. Stunning inside and out. The tour showed us round and the guide was very knowledgable.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Live in Durham but had never been to this beautiful castle. Stunning inside and out. The tour showed us round and the guide was very knowledgable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can stay here during the university holidays and it is a great place. Breakfast in the dining hall where Harry Potter was filmed makes a unique start to the day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Much of the Castle is used by Durham University for accommodation, dining, worship and drinking. It was really interesting to see the bits that were open, and our guide was excellent, but in reality we only went into 4 rooms, as the rest of the castle is used.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can only see this by booking a guided tour which costs £5 per adult and takes an hour. We booked at the information centre. An excellent tour guide , Caitlin, really knew her stuff and was lovely. Unfortunately you don't get to see whole castle, which looks big from outside but the majority of it is student accommodation. You... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour lasts about forty five minutes. Lovely guide who spoke clearly and with conviction. Interesting history of the Castle and Prince Bishops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After I finish my exams. I was looking to relaxing place near Newcastle.Durham Castle is one of the top attraction in Durham.It good place to relax ,walk ,remember history ,heritage and enjoy ancient architecture. Durham Castle was built in 1072 . This place highly recommended for tourist.

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

Durham Castle is now a Universty, which allows the visitor to see 2 differing worlds the great history along with the present day seat of learning

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Durham you really should visit this Castle it's amazing, really informative, lots to see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

45 minutes tour with a brilliant prepared guide that brought us around into this now-university-accommodation beautiful castle from underground chapels to the dining hall. Very much recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please take time to walk up the quite steep road to visit The Castle. The tours are very informative & when you have finished you can grab a cuppa before visiting the Cathedral.

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