Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located within Palace Green Library, Durham's World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is a free facility open seven days a week with staff available to provide advice and information about Durham and its heritage. The Visitor Centre provides visitors with an overview of the World Heritage Site, including information about what it means to be a World Heritage Site, what makes Durham significant, and what there is to see and do in Durham. Stay in touch on Twitter or Facebook.
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CJA6161
Cornwall, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Houses a 17th century library which is very special, and an excellent archaeological museum including local roman and medieval finds by metal detectorists and a great film using Lego figures telling the history of the Cathedral (interesting for children & adults alike). If you tie in a visit to the cathedral, tour of the castle and refreshments at the cathedral cafe you'll have a full day's amusement.
Written 22 July 2023
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Thank you for your visit. There is a lot to see once you are on the World Heritage Site and luckily a café in the Cathedral to recharge you during the day!
Written 25 July 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
A great place to start your trip to historic Durham

Staff fantastic. Full of useful suggestions and advice

Definitely visit to library. Amazing

Highly recommend
Written 31 August 2022
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Pleased that you had a great visit. Come back and see us again soon!
Written 3 October 2022
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annieS2021
Newport, UK47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Plenty to see and read if you are inclined although only small exhibitions. The World Heritage section and the visitor centre and museum are all in one building now so you can dip into a bit of each if you like. All free to enter and look at.

No rush or obligation, but help available if you wanted it, which was nice.
Written 20 June 2022
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Thanks a lot for your visit and taking the time to let people know about us!
Written 3 October 2022
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Alison C
Ilkley, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A small but varied exhibition of military, literary, and archaeological artefacts is on show here, all based on Durham’s rich historical significance. I enjoyed looking at all the collections and although I was on my own, young children and their families were having a good time too with the archaeological activity set up. (NB not digging!) it was interesting to learn the history of the Durham regiment and the valour of the soldiers which goes back even further than the Crimean War. It’s free to go in, so all the more reason to pay a visit. Staff are lovely.
Written 21 April 2022
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Thank you for your visit and kind comments. Hopefully there is something for everyone to enjoy on their visit.
Written 20 June 2022
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
With very helpful staff on duty when we visited, we found this visitor centre to be smart, modern and interesting. As well as lots of very good information boards about the origins and growth of the city, and the various tourist attractions to explore, the staff were able to give general information about what to see and do in the area.
Written 28 January 2022
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Thank you for visit and your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Durham and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 20 June 2022
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK2,073 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Lots to see apart from getting information about the town, archaeological exhibition and other display rooms.
Written 23 January 2022
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Thank you for your visit and thank you for spending time exploring our venue.
Written 24 January 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I were heading to Palace Green and passed the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, although closed when we were here I must say I was so impressed with the building that houses the visitor centre.
Constructed in the 1830's from medieval stone,its such an iconic structure, one thing I noticed was that the building has no chimneys, found out later that is because the building was built in an exposed position and thus wind erosion has damaged the chimneys which were removed, its a wonderful looking building, most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate on Palace Green.
Written 14 November 2021
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The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is now located within Palace Green Library, hopefully you can stop by next time you are in Durham!
Written 23 November 2021
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daveandlynda311
Morpeth, UK331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Interesting exhibits and films giving us a potted history of Durham. As we are from Northumberland not far from Lindisfarne it was of local interest as well.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thank you for your visit. The Visitor Centre is a great place to find out more information as to what the World Heritage Site has to offer. See you again!
Written 3 April 2020
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Hazel D
Pickering, UK1,869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had never been to Durham before so loved this centre as it sets the scene for visitors. The ladies in there were very friendly and helpful nothing too much trouble. Information boards up to date and helpful. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 February 2020
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Thank you for your visit and pleased you found lots of useful information to make the most of your time in Durham. Please come and see us again on your next trip!
Written 3 April 2020
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tom m
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Heritage Center is a great source of information as well as where you purchase your tickets to visit the castle.
Entry to the Heritage Center is free of charge, you can pick up handy street maps and brochures as well as purchasing the usual gifts, mugs, coasters, etc etc.
Written 11 February 2020
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Thank you for your visit and hope that you had a great time visiting the World Heritage Site!
Written 21 February 2020
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