Durham Castle


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 50 minutes. The tour times are a general guide as it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours at short notice due to University or commercial activities.


Contact Information

Palace Green
Durham City
  0191 3342932
  Visit the Durham Castle website

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Disabled access : 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.
Opening Times : Tours during University Term-Time: 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: 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 Dec - 03 Jan each year.
Last Admission : 4.15
Admission Prices : Adult £5, Concessions £3.50, Family Ticket £12. Group Rates: Adults £4.50, Child/Senior Citizen £3.00

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