Durham Castle - Guided Tours

Durham Castle - Guided Tours

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Durham Castle

Palace Green



United Kingdom

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Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

About this event

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 the 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 here for hundreds of years at Durham Castle. Learn how the building became the first college of Durham University and how today it is the home of University College students who live and learn in Durham Castle.

Please collect a wristband from Palace Green Library (in between the Castle and Cathedral) prior to the tour start time.

The meeting point for the tour is at the entrance to the Castle driveway by the 2 stone pillars. This is outside so please dress or be prepared for inclement weather.

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Due to the residential nature of the building entrance is by guided tour only. Tours last approx. 45-50 minutes. The following tour times are a general guide as it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours at short notice due to University or commercial activities.

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.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

More tickets are available and can be purchased from Palace Green Library. Please contact by telephone on +44 (0)191 334 2932 or email castle.tours@durham.ac.uk to check availability.

Durham Castle also have self-guided tours available on 19th, 20th and 23rd July.

About your visit

  • We continue to prioritise the safety of our staff and visitors at our sites. Any updates are regularly reviewed and any changes will be communicated on our webpages.
  • Please arrive on time for your tour - unfortunately we won't be able to accommodate arrivals outside of the chosen tour start time. The time you have booked is the start time of your tour
  • Please be aware that part of the tour is outside
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available - please use them regularly during your visit
  • Please provide your own face covering to wear during your visit unless you are exempt
  • Accessibility within the Castle is limited due to access to areas via steps only. Any visitors with accessibility needs please contact 0191 334 2932 to discuss.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome, family pets are not permitted to be part of the tours. A water bowl can be provided on request.
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