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“Do the guided tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Durham Castle

Durham Castle
Ranked #5 of 58 things to do in Durham
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Owner description: 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.
Woodend
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“Do the guided tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

We were a bit non-plussed that you could only see the castle on a guided tour (because it's a "working" university) - but the guided tour, by a delightful undergraduate, was excellent and we learnt much more than we would have on our own. We were also given ample time to look at exhibits, just sit and contemplate etc. A tip jar was discretely placed at the end of the tour; it was sad to see how many people didn't spare a pound or so to express their appreciation of what was, in our experience, an outstanding presentation!

Visited October 2013
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“Awesome experience! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

Had an awesome tour through the castle today! Our group was only three people, it was getting dark already and it was raining outside. The atmosphere was completely stunning... That's England!

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“Durham castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Durham castle is set just in front of the Cathedral, there is a gatehouse and large wooden doors at the far end of the green.
The tours are booked I believe, we were exceptionally fortunate as it is also student accommodation and one of the brood was going to accommodation there so we dined in the great hall and had run of the place. The black staircase is amazing, you feel seasick walking down it as it twists and turns as you descend. There are displays throughout the castle. As it is also student housing tours are limited and you generally don't get to see everything there is to see. At £5 per adult its a must.

Visited October 2013
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Hawthorn,Co.Durham
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Beautiful castle which we have visited for many years. Now there are guided walks around it and the Black Staircase is amazing and a unique design hundreds of years old. When you walk on it it feels really odd due to the design however you can no longer walk to the top of it as I did when I was a child

Visited November 2013
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“Not accessible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Many world heritage historical sites provide at least some access. Durham Castle fails to provide even a minimum experience for people who use wheelchairs

Visited November 2012
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