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Durham Castle

The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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We went to see the castle and booked onto a tour. The tour guide was fantastic we didn't realise... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paula L
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Visit only on a guided tour

Led by a knowledgeable guide this was an interesting experience. The visit does not include the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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.
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The Castle Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to see the castle and booked onto a tour. The tour guide was fantastic we didn't realise that students lived in the castle, What a brilliant place to live !. The tour last 45 mins it consisted of the courtyard ,2 chapels ,...More

Thank Paula L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Led by a knowledgeable guide this was an interesting experience. The visit does not include the main "castle" as it is used as student accomodation, and is not as old as other parts which are available to see. The tours get booked out pretty early...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are regular escorted tours of Durham Castle, and tickets for these can be purchased at the nearby World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, or the Palace Green library. The castle is nowadays an integral part of Durham University campus, and we were visiting with a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to go around this castle on a 'tour' only. The top floors of the castle are university halls' filled with students, which is fine, but this means that there is not much "castle" to see. The student taking us had atrocious enunciation. Eg....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a tour of the castle. The tour guide was great and seemed enthusiastic about being there and taking is round. The place is really interesting and we loved the relaxed atmosphere of the place. Defiantly worth a visit

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little tour round the main areas of interest by a very capable student guide. She spoke clearly and displayed a very good knowledge, answering questions with easy confidence. The castle is clearly a well used living space for so much activity. Well worth the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wasn't an old medieval castle as you might imagine, as much of it has been taken over for student accommodation and dining. What this then meant, was that the tour was not as long as you might have expected, due to the limitations of...More

Thank Rod B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to join the family fun tour but sold out. This tour was very good though, very informative. Zara the guide impressed us with her knowledge and we all came away having learned something new (ages 3- 40!)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a guided tour by one of the students which was very good. Lots of information.Limited rooms that we could go into but those we saw were very good.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as a family . The tour was great,50 minutes but very informative and interesting. The young lady , Caitlin was friendly and enthusiastic and made the tour fun even for an eleven year old , who now wishes to become one of the fortunate...More

Thank Julie S
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Christine P
16 May 2017|
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Response from Chriscampion2014 | Reviewed this property |
Not inside the castle but outside yes
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junebrignall
21 June 2016|
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Response from Steven J | Reviewed this property |
The cathedral is free and I cannot remember the cost to visit the castle It wasn't much The tickets were on sale at the university next door
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Patricia B
13 March 2016|
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Response from Durham C | Property representative |
Dear Patricia, Thank you for getting in touch to book accommodation unfortunately I can only provide information on the Castle Tours and the Museum. For more information and booking for accommodation, please telephone us on... More
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