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Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage site and occupied continuously since the 11th century, the Castle is now home to the students of University College, part of Durham University.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Please note that today, due to a college event, tours can be confimed running only on the day.


This castle is the best one I've been in for a very long time.


The Durham Castle tour is one of the big must-do things... It is really worth making the effort to book an appointment the day before in order to have a slot on the tour.


One of the main Durham attractions, a must visit, the grounds are small land as with most castles self-contained, worthy of a pre-booked guided tour for all the history.


It's fascinating that its an ancient castle, contains some priceless bits of architecture, steeped in history.

Opening hours and admission

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When there are no private events booked, tours are usually available every day at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. During University vacations, tours are also normally offered at 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15 noon. You can purchase your tickets from Palace Green Library or the World Heritage Centre on the day or book in advance on +44 (0)191 334 2932.

Adults £5.00
Over 60s £4.00
Children (over 5) £4.00
Infants Free

(2 adults, 3 children)

Durham University Campus Card holders Free


There are a range of activities and events for families at the World Heritage Site throughout the year.

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We welcome school parties of all ages to visit and explore this amazing historic site. Our Learning Team offer a series of practical workshops and tours for pre-booked groups.

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