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Welcome to
Durham
Castle

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.

The Castle is currently closed to visitors due to the students coming back to start their new academic year - will reopen to guided tours on Monday 11th October. For more information, please follow the link below:

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Monday, October 11, 2021

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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

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Lovely

Durham Castle is so beautiful. It really makes the skyline when you come over on the train.

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Unexpected highlight - fab value for a fiver

Our guide Charles made the tour come alive with both encyclopaedic knowledge and a clear love of his subject but also a cracking sense of humour.

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Stunning

Courtyard, chapels, apartments, location, student areas, it’s all fab. Worth the slog up the cobbled Hill, and view it from the river while hiring a rowing boat.

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Fabulous tour!

You can only visit this castle as part of a tour and what a tour we had. Guided by Imogen, it was interesting and humourous

Opening hours and admission

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Durham Castle is open for guided tours throughout the year in the afternoons during academic term and mornings and afternoons during university holidays. Please check the link below for specific dates:

What's On

Adults £5.00
Consessions £4.50
Children (under 16's) Free
Carers Free
Durham University Campus Card holders Free

FUN FOR FAMILIES

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

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4SCHOOLS

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. You can still book for the future while the Castle is closed.

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