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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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  • Unfortunately due to covid restrictions the castle was closed to the public for our visit. But it is still a stunning building and hopefully we will be back to explore it properly.  more »
  • Durham Castle is a Norman castle located in Durham, England, used since 1840 by University College. The castle sits on top of a hill above the River Wear on the Durham Peninsula, on the opposite bank....  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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