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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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Friday, March 31, 2017

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Please note that we will be carrying out essential conservation in the Great Hall and this not be included in the tours.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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


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

Open to all


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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