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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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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Durham Castle will be closed today and no Castle Tours will be taking place as we holding a special family community day.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Durham Castle Tours will not be available between 26th June and the 1rd of July. This is because Durham Castle is part of Summer Congregation 2016. Congregation is the term used to describe our graduation ceremonies and means a gathering of members and friends of the University to witness and celebrate the conferring of degrees. Durham Castle is where Graduands gather before the ceremony and then process to Durham Cathedral for the ceremony. Find out more


Not what I had expected on a castle tour as I had no idea it is used to house students, still a nice little tour with plenty of interesting information & our tour guide was lovely!


great location, great looks, and great trip.1st great - castle is probably in the highest point in durham, 2nd great - castle looks great, like in movies, 3rd great - nice guide


We joined the afternoon guided tour of the castle and it was excellent. The tour covered the overall history and development of the castle......The guide was interesting and interactive.


A fascinating tour made better by an engaging and informative guide who took the trouble to bring out the interesting facts.

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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