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Durham Castle, Durham
(3.9/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • You can only view the castle on an official guided tour. Although there were only four of us in our group the young lady guide took a lot of time to make us feel welcome and involved. She even substit...  more »
  • I visited Durham a few weeks back with my partner. We was excited to see the castle after seeing many pictures and hearing good things. We arrived at the castle sunday morning around 10/11am only to b...  more »
  • The site is amazing with a lot to offer. The only down side is that the students live in the castle, however as our tour guide explained it has been this way for many years and isn't likely to change ...  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