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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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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.


Worth a visit

Fairly small, but steeped in history and well worth a visit

Opening hours and admission

Open to all


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:

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Please note: visitors will be required to wear a face covering (unless excempt) during the tour

Adults £5.00
Concessions £4.50
Children (11 and under) Free
Carers Free
Durham University Campus Card holders Free
Child in the Great Hall of Durham Castle


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

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Children visiting the Tunstall Gallery in Durham Castle


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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