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Durham Castle, Durham

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World heritage site · Castle · Architectural Building
Home to over 100 students, Durham Castle is a working university building that offers guided tours. Students sleep and live in the castle's renovated keep while they work on their studies at Durham University. Schedule a guided tour via the website before visiting. The two chapels in the castle mark distinct eras in English history: The Norman Chapel was completed in 1078, and the Tunstall's Chapel was erected in the 16th century. Be sure to visit the towers on your tour for views over the River Wear of Durham Cathedral. The cathedral and the castle combined are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Put Durham Castle and other Durham attractions into our Durham trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We visited on 2 September 2021. It was necessary to book in advance online and wear a mask. It was timed entry. Worth it overall. We got some great photos, but some bits were closed. We made a day....  more »
  • Quite disappointed, you only get to see a small fraction of the castle as it’s used as student accommodation. You don’t get to see the Keep, just a couple of chapels and 4 other rooms. The bits you...  more »
  • Fabulous castle. Really preserved and fascinating. Tour guide was great too.Who could not like Durham castle right in the heart of a world heritage site and the cathedral to. Enjoy your dayWonderful castle. So much history. Well preserved. Lovely staff. Good value. Visit. Highly recommended
  • Really enjoyed our visit to the castle, to hear the history of the buildings and who all lived there. Activities for children too which was good.
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