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Opening hours



Opening hours


12pm - 5pm

Tuesday - Sunday

10am - 5pm

Reception and shop

The Palace Green Library reception desk and shop are open 9am - 5pm daily. Speak to staff on reception for general enquiries. Durham Castle tour bookings can be made through the Palace Green Library reception desk or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

Courtyard Café

The Courtyard Café is open from 09:30 to 16:30 daily.

Please note that the café may close earlier on occasion if in use for a private event, please call 0191 334 2932 in order to avoid any disappointment on your visit.

The Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library

Use our Search Room service to access to Durham University's archives and special collections.


Opening hours

Monday - Friday

9am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday


Search Room at 5 The College

5 The College offers access by appointment to Durham Cathedral Archives. Please contact us in advance.


Opening hours

Wednesday - Friday

9.00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5pm

Saturday - Tuesday


Changes to Opening Times - Easter 2017

Palace Green Library will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday (Sunday 16 April).

The Barker Research Library and Search Room will be CLOSED Good Friday (Friday 14 April) and Easter Sunday (Sunday 16 April).

Opening hours

Day Opening hours
Monday 12pm - 5pm
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm