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Event Durham: Durham Castle

Public Guided Tours of the Castle

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. 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.

Visits to Durham Castle are by guided tour only. Tours are led by our guides who explain the history of this iconic building and tell you what it’s like to live in today.

Guided Tours

Please see our Durham Castle page for more information on tours and tickets

Tour Prices

  • Adult £5
  • Concessions: (Senior Citizens, Students, Children up to 16) £3.50
  • Family Ticket £12
  • 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


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.


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.