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Durham Castle
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Sandsend, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 21 December 2012

This place is well worth a stay, admittedly no TV, iffy mobile phone reception, no wireless internet and no minibar but do you really need these in such surroundings. The room was clean and comfortable, staff friendly and helpful, breakfasts as substantial as you want. I only had an ordinary room, possibly the higher cost and quality rooms offer much better accommodation but for location, proximity to the cathedral and in the heart of the city, you will struggle to find somewhere better.
PS You will need to be able to climb stairs as many of the rooms are only accessible with a climb.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Gold Coast
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 12 December 2012 via mobile

A quick tour of the castle with a guide which gave us some insight into the history of the castle in the land of the prince bishops. Freezing cold outside but went round the great hall and the old chapels in the castle, thoroughly enjoyed the 45min tour

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

As other reviewers mentioned, the Castle is a student residence during the time Durham University is in session, but rooms are available during breaks. It was a very cool place to stay. Our room was large and overlooked Durham Cathedral which is definately worth visiting. A breakfast buffet is served in the morning in the Great Hall which was a nice experience and like something straight out of Harry Potter. A free tour of the castle is included with the stay, but unfortunately was not available the day we there because of other functions going on.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

My daughter and I stayed at the castle for two nights in Sept. The rooms are typical dorm rooms with minimal furnishing and a very small ensuite but given these are student accommodations, we didn't expect much more. The room were very clean and a good size with two twin beds. Luckily we had help with our luggage because we had to carry our luggage up three winding flights of stairs. Breakfast is served in the great hall which looks like the set of a Harry Potter movie. Overall it was a beautiful setting as our room looked over the palace green.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Brussels
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2012

Durham Castle is normally a university student residence and functions as a B&B when they are on holiday. Breakfast is taken in the Great Hall. The rooms are comfortable if a little spartan relative to normal hotels or very good B&B's. The price is reasonable and the experience well worth it. The location is excellent and the visits to the Castle and the Cathedral next door are a must.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed in a room overlooking the main quad which had a great view. The room was fine, with a nice couple of chairs overlooking the whole courtyard. The bathroom was small but functional. The breakfast was the best bit, in the wonderful old hall. It probably wasn't the best food in the world but I think it was the finest location for breakfast, with hundeds of paintings all round. Good free guided tour but make sure you book first thing in the morning. The staff were friendly, and when I discovered I had left a bunch of keys in the room, they were sent to me by registered post the next day! We got free parking right outside, just opposite the cathedral, which was perfect.
The only negative things about the experience is noise - both from the church bells if you open your windows, and from wedding guests who were rather noisy until the early hours. I would stay again, but if there was a wedding, would request a room as far away from the function room as possible.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wigton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We loved this place. The setting is spectacular and breakfast in the Great Hall is wonderful, like dining in hogwarts :). Our room was lovely, with a great view over the river. Functional but stylish furniture, and a good shower/wet room made this a lovely stay. Well worth the £90 a night to say I've stayed in a castle :)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Durham Castle

Property: Durham Castle
Address: The Castle Palace Green | University of Durham, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#8 Romantic Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Durham Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Durham Castle Hotel Durham
Castle Hotel Durham

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