Durham Castle

Durham Castle

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. Durham Castle between 1072-1837 was the seat of their power. Discover a castle that gradually turned into a lavish palace, which was affected by major historical events from the Reformation to the English Civil War. After 1837 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. The main access to the castle is through guided tours with special events throughout the year.

Opening times: Tours available on most days. However, Durham Castle is a working building, so it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours due to University or commercial activities. Please check the website for up to date tour availability.

Entry price: Adult £5.00, Concessions (seniors and children) £4.00, Family ticket £15.00

Great if you like... architecture, history, Durham, tours, Normans, Victorians, castles

  • historic buildings
  • a place to think
  • architecture
  • collections
  • heritage
  • North East history

Visitor Information

  • Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW
  • 0191 334 2932
  • Website