It is likely at a Saxon fortress existed on the site now occupied by Durham Castle from around the 10th century. The earliest surviving parts of the Castle date from around 1072 when William the Conquerer ordered the construction of a new fort. Since this time the Castle has had a fascinating history as fortress, palace and finally as a college of Durham University.
The College is home to around 800 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. There are also around 400 members of the Senior Common Room, comprising staff, visiting fellows and eminent people from the local community.