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Durham Castle, Durham

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Home to over 100 students, Durham Castle is a working university building that offers guided tours. Students sleep and live in the castle's renovated keep while they work on their studies at Durham University. Schedule a guided tour via the website before visiting. The two chapels in the castle mark distinct eras in English history: The Norman Chapel was completed in 1078, and the Tunstall's Chapel was erected in the 16th century. Be sure to visit the towers on your tour for views over the River Wear of Durham Cathedral. The cathedral and the castle combined are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add Durham Castle to your Durham travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Durham vacation trip planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    We enjoyed an hour's guided tour - the high speed Horrid Histories style commentary was entertaining, our only concern was whether people for whom English was not their first language would have been ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Not really much of interest to see apart from a lot of rooms that have been renovated to function for admin / dining. More of an old house than a castle really, not worth the entry fee  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The castle can be visited only with a guided tour in English. We were lucky that we were entrusted with an Italian guide, who with her English well punctuated also allowed a person like me who has a mastery of English to understand what was being exposed. Built in the 11th century is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Interior is kept in excellent condition, is truly a unique experience to visit this place, whereby the Council to make long detours to potercisi bear.
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  • Really interesting place. Like hogwarts! Students live in the keep! Fascinating history. And tour guide was excellent. Cheap as chips too.
  • Long live England. Excalibur and King Arthur, protector of the people. Needed more than ever.
  • Would recommend staying in J31 - great lads with great banter ;)
  • Castle is great, although tour was disappointing. The guide was good but could only show a limited number of rooms as the castle is actually halls for students.
  • What can I say? Breath taking and beautiful!

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Where to stay in Durham

Whether you are on a short break or a long vacation, Durham offers accommodations to suit every taste and budget, including comfortable cottages, friendly B&Bs, and luxurious country retreats. For serious rest and relaxation, head to one of Durham's many spa hotels. The countryside surrounding the city is packed with romantic spa retreats, but if an urban break is what you're looking for, go no farther than the historical town center. Hotels in this area offer numerous leisure facilities and entertainment options, minutes away from Durham's iconic cathedral and castle.
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