Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.
Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Built in the Norman period as an imposing fortress, Durham Castle’s story is entwined with that of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, whose semi-regal status made them some of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country.
Discover a castle that gradually turned into a lavish palace, which was affected by major historical events from the Norman Conquest to the English Civil War. It was transformed in the Victorian period into a place of learning, as the home of University College, the founding college of Durham University.
Today Durham Castle remains a living building, evolving to modern day life while retaining its power to impress as part of the iconic Durham skyline.
Due to the residential nature of the building entrance is by guided tour only. 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 1000 years of living history. Tours last approx. 45-50 minutes.
Visitors wishing to take part in a guided tour of Durham Castle need to purchase tickets at Palace Green Library and then meet your tour guide outside of Durham Castle.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 Norman Chapel will be closed from January 2023. It will not be part of the tour from January 2023 until around Autumn 2023.
Tour times can vary - Please contact us or visit our webpage
Telephone 0191 334 2932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Concession||£4.50 per person per day|
|Adults||£5.00 per ticket type|
|Children (under 11)||Free|
**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 due to University or commercial activities. Newly implemented safety measures will be in place during your visit to ensure a safe environment.**
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good426
- angelawA6201UJMarket HarboroughGreat castle tourThursday, 10th August 2023My friend and I went on an organised castle tour whilst visiting Durham for the weekend. Our tour guide (Laura) was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. The tour was just under an hour and very... Read full review
- ButterPeakLancaster District, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyLovelySunday, 13th August 2023Well worth a visit. We didn't go inside because we didn't have time but the architecture is beautiful. Lovely location & you can walk up the river path, which does get steep. Read full review
- TheButlers43Trip Type:CouplesDisappointing TourSunday, 3rd September 2023While in Durham we visited the cathedral a few times. On our last day we bought tickets for the castle. It wasn’t expensive but I would rather pay for entry into the cathedral than the castle. As... Read full review
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Closed 22 December to 6 January.
When there are no private events booked, tours are usually available every day at 1315, 1415, 1515 and 1615. During University vacations, tours are also normally offered at 1015, 1115 and 1215 noon.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1(M). From the A1(M) take the A690 to Durham.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Durham Station. The Durham Cathedral bus (every 20 minutes) links the railway station, North Road (for bus station), Market Place, and car and coach parks with the cathedral and castle. For more information see Durham County Council's web site www.durham.gov.uk or contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33, www.traveline.info. Calls cost 10p per minute plus any charges your network provider makes