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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 6 July 2017

For my son's graduation we were able to stay in this college for 2 nights. Very comfortable and rather special to stay in a World Heritage Site. The architecture is like Hogwarts and during a meal I did expect the candles to start floating in the main hall.
100 yards away is the cathedral part of which stood in for Hogwarts in the first film. I wish we had had more time to tour the Castle

Thank MarkyHes
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Durham castle is a Unesco World Heritage site build in the 11th century. This is the main building for the university college of Durham University, which makes it a lively place. You can visit here during visiting hours. Bishop Bek's Great Hall has magnificent stained glass windows. The hall is a dining room for students of the college.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Durham Castle is part of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage area. It has been converted into student accommodation, but it is still possible to do tours of it. And fortunately the tours are led by history majors who love the history they are talking about. With the tour only lasting an hour there's not a huge amount of time to admire everything, but it gives a good slice of the history of the north.

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert (evangelizer of Northumbria) and the Venerable Bede. It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We were shown around part of the Castle on a Durham University open day tour. We got yo see bedrooms, the main dinning hall and other parts, the guide was very informative. And interesting place.

Thank lindacwonderwoman
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