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Review of Durham Castle

Durham Castle
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Durham - The Cathedral and Old City
Ranked #11 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 26 June 2017

If you want to visit the Castle check it is opened! The Castle was closed as the students were getting ready for their graduation events.

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Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank-you for your review. As Durham Castle is a working College of Durham University we are sometimes closed to the public for private events such as graduation. For full details of tour times, you can call Palace Green Library Reception on 0191 3342932or visit our website which are all kept to date.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

One of the main Durham attractions, a must visit, the grounds are small land as with most castles self-contained, worthy of a pre-booked guided tour for all the history.

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Great town to visit especially if you get the weather. Lots to do and see and loved the castle and cathedral. Many good places to eat from value for money to expensive. Loads and loads of places to grab a beer or tea/coffee when your out and about.

Thank SirHCRockets
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Stunning Cathedral,
amazing arcihitecture worth the drive. busy area .
good cafe inside ,great shop
a walk along the river is relaxing just down from cathedral

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Castle only remains because it was given over to the University in the 19th century - you only get to see the inside with a guided tour, usually by a college member. While the old parts of the castle were interesting, for us the great part was seeing inside a college ( much different idea than college in the US) . The hogwarts-like dinning hall, etc. were really interesting, and the guides, being students, are great insiders to tell stories, I would recommend it, even if you have kids - they will like the Harry Potter feel of the place .

Thank TomaSchultz
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