Durham Castle

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Palace Green
County Durham

  • Phone: +44 (0)191 334 2932

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. 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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

When there are no private events booked, tours are usually available every day at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. During University vacations, tours are also normally offered at 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm.


Adults: £5.00 Over 60s: £4.00 Children (over 5): £4.00 Infants: Free Family (2 adults, 3 children): £12.00 Durham University Campus Card holders: Free

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Research facilities for academics
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)

Facilities information:

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. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please speak to a member of staff when you are booking your tour if you unsure whether or not you can manage the stairs and uneven surfaces. You can find out more about teh facilities at Durham Castle at www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/visit/accessandfacilities

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