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Durham University

Event Durham: Durham Castle

Civil Ceremonies

Civil ceremonies are available in the Castle, which are non-religious but legally binding, and can be offered to all couples.

Outdoor ceremonies are available in Fellows Garden for a maximum of 100 guests. White outdoor chairs are provided. If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor ceremony, the event will be moved inside to the Norman Gallery.

Indoor ceremonies take place in the Norman Gallery for a maximum of 120 guests. Chairs are provided, with white covers.

Smaller, more intimate, indoor ceremonies can be accommodated in the Bishop's Dining Room for a maximum of 50 guests, or the Bishop Suite for up to 20 guests. Chairs with white covers are provided.

If you have any questions regarding weddings at Durham Castle, or at any of our other Colleges, please contact us through our enquiry form or by calling 0800 28 99 70 or +44 (0) 191 334 2887.

Durham Registrars conduct the service which must be booked directly with them by the couple as legal paperwork will need to be completed, and timeslots and dates checked for availability. Contact details are Aykley Heads House Register Office, Aykley Heads, Durham City DH1 5TS, Tel 03000 266 000. Please check availability at Durham Castle before contacting the Registrars. Fees for the Registrars are paid direct to them.

Please note that hire charges will apply for use of the ceremony spaces within Durham Castle.

Norman Gallery