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“Durham Castle”
Review of Durham Castle

Durham Castle
Ranked #5 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 27 May 2012

This is one of the major sites in Durham - and clearly visible from many aspects. It has a wide span of history, and it is really interesting to see a castle still 'working' as part of Durham University. It has some real hidden gems which must be seen. The only down side is getting in! It is part of the world heritage site, but tourist visits have be a guided tour at specific times in the day - only term time - which has meant that for the long travelled tourist, they may miss a chance to see this GREAT attraction

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Great building, fantastic fortification, pitty it has been given over to house students from the university.

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Reviewed 21 May 2012

Great tours by the students, and lovely historical atmosphere around the castle, palace green and the cathedral. Make sure you see the amazing underground Norman chapel.

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Reviewed 15 May 2012

Growing up in Durham you sometime forget how nice this place really is absolutely stunning

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

A real medieval castle - but not a dead one!! It is being lived in! So much history and so accessible.

Thank di w
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