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Location and directions

From Durham Marketplace

Durham Castle is a five minute walk from Durham Marketplace in the city centre. From the Market Place, turn on to Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham Castle is on your right hand side as you come out onto Palace Green. To obtain your tour tickets, go to Palace Green Library, situated adjacent to the Castle.

Information on cycling in County Durham can be found on the Durham County Council website, or try the Cycle Planner provided by Transport Direct. Around 20 cycle racks available on Palace Green by the public toilets and behind the Pemberton Building, on the left hand side of the Green. Visitors are welcome to use these racks but do so at their own risk.

For more information on cycling in Durham, visit the Durham Bicycle Users Group website and for information on cycle hire please visit the This is Durham website.

The nearest train station to Palace Green Library is Durham, which is well served by trains from most major centres in the country. The National Express high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King's Cross on the main East Coast line. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2.5 hours from Manchester, 1.5 hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

Walking from Durham train station to Durham Castle

Durham Castle is a 15 – 20 minute walk from Durham train station. From Platform 2, exit the train station through the ticket office. Take the ramp or steps down to Station Approach and turn right. Follow the road around on the left hand side of the pavement, passing the set of steps leading steeply down to your left. About halfway down Station Approach, take the blue pedestrian bridge on the left, leading over the A690.

Exiting the bridge, continue towards the roundabout and turn left onto North Road. Walk down North Road, continuing on to Framwellgate Bridge. Turn left onto Silver Street and follow the road upwards to Durham Market Place. Take Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham Castle is on your right hand side as you come out onto Palace Green. To obtain your tour tickets, go to Palace Green Library, situated adjacent to the Castle.

Buses from Durham train station

Durham Castle is a 10 minute bus journey from Durham train station. From the station bus stop, use the Cathedral bus service to travel to Palace Green, which departs from the train station at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour from 09:10 – 17:10, Monday to Saturday. The Cathedral bus service drops passengers at the entrance to Palace Green Library, from there it is a short walk back to the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre at the entrance to Palace Green to obtain your Castle tour tickets. For more information and timetables, visit the Durham Cathedral Bus website.

Taxi from Durham train station

Durham is a major train station with taxis usually available in a rank.

Durham taxi rank telephone number 0191 386 6662

Travelling to Durham city centre by bus

Durham Bus Station on North Road offers bus services as far afield as Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stanhope, Consett and the Gateshead MetroCentre shopping complex. To plan your journey to Durham Bus Station, visit the Traveline Journey Planner.

Walking from Durham Bus Station

Durham Bus Station is a 15 minute walk from Durham Castle. Exit the bus station onto North Road. Turn left and follow North Road down, continuing on to Framwellgate Bridge. Turn left onto Silver Street and follow the road upwards to Durham Market Place. Walk left onto Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham Castle is on your right hand side as you come out onto Palace Green. To obtain your tour tickets, go to Palace Green Library, situated adjacent to the Castle.

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham to Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham city centre. Parking is not available on the peninsula or Palace Green. If you’re travelling by car, the nearest public car park to Durham Castle is Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Car Park, postcode DH1 3UJ.

Walking from Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

Durham Castle is a five minute walk from Prince Bishops Shopping Centre. From the car park, exit via the pedestrian access route to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre. Walk through the Shopping Centre until you reach Saddler Street.

Turn left onto Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham Castle is on your right hand side as you come out onto Palace Green. To obtain your tour tickets, go to Palace Green Library, situated adjacent to the Castle.

Park and Ride

Visitors to Durham City's tourist attractions might also consider using Park and Ride facilities which are just a short walk from the city centre. From here a regular bus service travels in and out of the city centre.

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Journey planner

Please note this provides directions to Durham Castle. The nearest car park is Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Car Park the postcode for this is DH1 3UJ.


Using a Sat Nav to get to us?

For satellite navigation systems, the Durham Castle postcode is DH1 3RW. Please note that you cannot park on Palace Green. The nearest public carpark is the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, postcode DH1 3UJ.


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