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“Lovely historic building”
Review of Durham Castle

Durham Castle
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Durham - The Cathedral and Old City
Ranked #12 of 60 things to do in Durham
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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 17 May 2017

Gorgeous castle steeped in history. Learned lots of historic facts. Excellent Stuart's to answer all our questions.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We took a guided tour of the castle and it was really interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgable and accommodated questions. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank kaylz22
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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. All of our guides are passionate about the castle and love sharing its stories with visitors, so we are very happy that you thought your guide was knowledgeable and you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

We went on the castle tour which was hosted by a history student - he was very knowledgeable and engaging. He kept the whole group interested throughout the tour with anecdotes and interesting facts.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

5 pound tour by knowledgable student guide. Interesting building dating to William of Orange. The history of the castle is well explained with many interesting anecdotes.

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

It is also a World Heritage Site, so it is somewhat self evident of its standing. Tours can only be undertaken with approved Guide, at set times.

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