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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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  • I and my friend decided to take a tour of this castle, and we didn't regret it. The tour guide was very friendly and informative, and it was great to learn about the history of the castle. The most im...  more »
  • Live in Durham but had never been to this beautiful castle. Stunning inside and out. The tour showed us round and the guide was very knowledgable.  more »
  • You can stay here during the university holidays and it is a great place. Breakfast in the dining hall where Harry Potter was filmed makes a unique start to the day.  more »
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  • Beautiful historic building. Downside is its often not accessible due to the students who live there.
  • Amazing castle with lots of history. The guides are usually history students with a wealth of knowledge about the castle. The castle is now part of Durham university and mostly used to accommodate students during term time. Some rooms are available for rent outside term time via the university website, mostly in the more modern castle keep, which has spectacular views across the city. Sadly photography is completely prohibited inside the castle, which is a shame. And the tours which although interesting are quite short and access is severely restricted inside the castle, with visitors only having access to a very small portion of the castle, which undoubtedly holds many fascinating rooms to visit. Ot is a shame that the university allows its residential students full access, yet restricts visitors to such a tiny portion of this magnificent castle.
  • Great prices. Nice atmosphere
  • It's actually a college building now, but you can sneak in to check the great views on Durham.
  • A wonderful setting. Beautiful