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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. Put Durham Castle and other Durham attractions into our Durham trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour as it's part of the university facilities. Our guide was a history student and he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the legacy of the....  more
    The castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour as it's part of the university facilities. Our guide was a history student and he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the legacy of the....  more »
  • The place is amazing. Shame it's office is staffed by some very rude porters. Most of them are lovely, though the bald man with glasses should be avoided at all costs, very impatient and rude. 
    The place is amazing. Shame it's office is staffed by some very rude porters. Most of them are lovely, though the bald man with glasses should be avoided at all costs, very impatient and rude.  more »
  • Visits to the castle are by guided tour only. Tickets are obtained for a timed slot free of charge from the Heritage Centre of Palace Green. After assembly we were called to order by a young lady who....  more
    Visits to the castle are by guided tour only. Tickets are obtained for a timed slot free of charge from the Heritage Centre of Palace Green. After assembly we were called to order by a young lady who....  more »
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  • The tour of the castle was really great and was lead by a knowledgeable guide. The grounds are amazing and full of history that would suit anyone coming in. Just felt a bit awkward walking into student study areas and was very conscious not to disturb.
  • Truly magnificent buildings,so much history. Lucky to be able to stay here for a couple of days. Just to roam about breathing in all of that history. Bacon and egg for breakfast pretty good as well. Best to book the tour tickets in advance.
  • Myself and my 4 children visited today for a free tour and reenactment. I have to say I was directed to where to store my pushchair all staff where friendly we could explore in our own time and plenty for my children to do. Ages 13 10 6 and 1. I have never been to the castle and I have to say I will be coming again. Even my kids want to. 😁😁😁😁
  • Partial student accommodation, visit by guided tour only (tickets from library off palace green). Our guide was Sonia, she gave great insight into the history and iterations of the buildings on the site. Would highly recommend
  • Nice castle set in a bend in the river at the heart of Durham. Sadly most of the castle is student residences so only part of the castle can be viewed and only on the official tour. It was still worth the money for the parts you do see and the informative guide.

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