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Event Durham: Durham Castle

Public Guided Tours of the Castle

Durham Castle together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating narrow streets. 

Durham Castle is a registered museum as well as a vibrant living and working community. It is the home of University College, the founding College of Durham University and over 100 students are resident during term. In view of this, entrance to the public is by guided tour only. 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 during University Term-Time

Tours are normally available every afternoon of the week at 13:15, 14:15, 15:15 and 16:15. For full details of term dates go to www.dur.ac.uk/dates 

Tours during University Vacations

Tours are normally available most mornings of the week at 10:15, 11.15 and 12:15, and in the afternoons when there are no commercial activities, from 14:15 to 17:15. Please note that we are closed for the festive season from late December till 03 January each year. 

Please contact the Palace Green Library on: +44 (0)191 334 2932 or check online www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle to check information on the current times and dates of tours.

Visitor’s wishing to take part in a guided tour of Durham Castle need to purchase tickets at the Palace Green Library and then meet your tour guide at the entrance to the Castle.

Tour Prices

  • Adult £5
  • Concessions: (Senior Citizens, Students, Children up to 16) £3.50
  • Family Ticket £12
  • Group Rates: (for 10+) Adults £4.50;
  • Child/Senior Citizen £3.00

Access to the Castle

The Castle is a vibrant working community and our visitors appreciate that as a student residence there are some limitations regarding access and availability. It is occasionally necessary to postpone tours at short notice. If you are travelling any distance to visit us we recommend that you check the latest information with the Palace Green Library. 

Contact details: 
Guided Tours : Palace Green Library: +44 (0)191 334 2932
Porters Lodge: The Porter's Lodge: +44 (0)191 334 3800

Accessibility

The 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. Unfortunately due to these reasons we cannot offer guided to visitors who have difficulties using stairs.

Toilets 

Public toilets are available on the right-hand side of the entrance passage to the Undercroft Bar (signposted).  Gents first right, Ladies through the glass doors and first right. There is one toilet equipped for disabled use, although this is accessed via a set of 6 steps.  The Porter's Lodge will provide directions.

For travel Information and directions to Durham Castle please see our Guest & Delegate information Page.