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Tunstall Gallery in Durham Castle

Durham Castle Tour, 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15

Monday, 11 October 2021 , 13:15 to 16:15 repeating daily until 30 October 2021
Durham Castle

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

Please note Covid safety measures will be in place during your visit to ensure a safe environment.

Why not take a tour around one Durham's most significant historic buildings. Built on the orders of William the Conqueror in the 1070s, Durham Castle began life as a motte-and-bailey castle. It soon became a palace to showcase the wealth of the Prince-Bishops whose semi-regal powers made them one of the most powerful political and military men in the country.

Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will take you through the gatehouse and into heart of the historic building. Here you will experience history and tales from 900 years of living history. Find out about the Prince-Bishops whose seat of power was based at for hundreds of years at Durham Castle, learn how the building became the first college of Durham University and how today as the home of University College students still live and learn in Durham Castle.

Due to the residential nature of the building entrance is by guided tour only. Tours last approx. 45-50 minutes. The following tour times are a general guide as it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours at short notice due to University or commercial activities.

Tours will be available today at 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15.

To book online please click below:

Durham Castle - Guided Tour Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Please contact Palace Green Library by telephone on +44 (0)191 334 2932 or email castle.tours@durham.ac.uk to check information on the current times, dates of tours and for any issues during the booking process.

We continue to prioritise the safety of our visitors and staff at our sites.

  • Tour numbers are reduced
  • Please continue to wear a face covering (unless you’re exempt) during your time with us
  • Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the building – please use them regularly during your visit
  • Air quality control checks are being carried out to make sure we have appropriate ventilation
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes are continuing across all our buildings
  • Glass screens have been installed at reception areas, but you’ll see and meet our welcoming staff on arrival

Visitors wishing to take part in a guided tour of Durham Castle need to purchase tickets online or at Palace Green Library and then meet your tour guide outside of Durham Castle.

The historic nature and layout of the Castle means that the majority of the building is inaccessible to wheelchair users. The tour route involves many steps and staircases, some of which are uneven.

Contact: castle.tours@durham.ac.uk