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Durham Castle

Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Well worth a visit

Like many locals we tend to ignore the amazing places on our doorstep and marvel at far away places... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
BarryD974
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
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Beautiful

Beautiful castle and grounds. Very interesting tour. Fantastic tour guide, she was very patient... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Timothy C
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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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Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Like many locals we tend to ignore the amazing places on our doorstep and marvel at far away places instead. Having lived in Durham for over thirty years I had never visited the castle there. It was a brilliant place. Our tour guide was very...More

Thank BarryD974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful castle and grounds. Very interesting tour. Fantastic tour guide, she was very patient with the asians that had to be told many times not to touch objects .

Thank Timothy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We joined a tour which cost £5 and lasted about 1 1/2 hours. The guide was a student who had excellent knowledge of the castle. The visit was somewhat restricted as students reside in the building but well worth taking a tour

Thank brieryfield
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to many of the famous cathederals of Europe. At many, I have taken the guided tours by Vergers and docents. Not only is Durham Cathedral a special place because of the extensiveness of the ancient monastic buildings but because of the love...More

Thank Newt44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw this on recent trip to Durham. Set very close to the Cathedral. Guided tours only. Our guide was called Rhiannon and was excellent. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the Castle was great to see and hear. Apparently students can stay in some of the...More

Thank bellesview
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We are very pleased that you thought your guide was excellent- Rhiannon is passionate about the history of the castle and we are happy you felt this came across in her guided tour. All of our guides...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ANd mot unwelcoming, large parts shut in summer season! Not really interested. No photography in Cathedral, no entry inside castle inner part. Well great for visitors - what a missed opportunity. Snooty but not a treat for anyone much. Cafe could be enjoyable.More

Thank CCERB
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are disappointed that you did not fully enjoy your visit to the castle, we hope that next time you visit Durham you enjoy it more. Durham Castle does not have a café for the public- there is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. A guided tour for £5 and led by a PhD student who knew her stuff. Very interesting.

Thank FLC244
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for your review of Durham Castle. We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit and found your guide knowledgeable and interesting

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Access is by guided tour only as it's part of a working university but we visited on the Open Heritage weekend so there were lots of opportunities to get inside. Tours were hourly and full so there is obviously a lot of interest and a...More

Thank dewdneyk
Durham C, Manager at Durham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of Durham Castle. We work hard to ensure that all of our tours are of a high standard and as such we are disappointed that you felt that your tour of the castle was let down by your guide. All...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Durham Castle matches the grandeur and size of Durham's great church. The Castle is old, and has many changes over the centuries. Now, as the site of Durham University, you access is limited to the guided tours, which are well worthwhile. In about 90 minutes...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Access by guided tour only as this castle is part of Durham University. Our guide brought parts of the castle to life with her interesting and knowledgeable explanation of its history and architecture. A worthwhile visit to an architectural gem in the centre of this...More

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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
20 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
12 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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