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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.

In line with Government advice, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, students and visitors, our museums and galleries remain closed. All Castle Tours are now cancelled. Stay in touch on Facebook.

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


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.



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.


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 currently closed until further notice.

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

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