Plan Your Visit
Find out everything you need to know to get the most from our visit: how to find us, opening times and more. Plus, everything you need to know if you or anyone in your group has any special needs or requirements.
Castle Tours which operate from within Palace Green Library, will not be running on Monday 17 April due to essential maintenance work taking place. We expect to re-open at 10am on Tuesday 18 April. If you have any queries, you can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Book a tour
The best way to visit Durham Castle is to book one of our guided tours, where you can learn about life in the Castle from one of our specially trained student guides.
Find out more about the history of the museum and our collections.
ArtThere are over 250 paintings in the collection at Durham Castle, including over 120 oil paintings, alongside watercolours, engravings and cartoons.
Arms and ArmourDurham Castle’s collections represent the conflicts of the last 500 years of British history.
Social HistoryLearn more about the people who have lived in, studied at, worked in or visited Durham Castle.
Arms and Armour
History of the Castle
Find out more about the architecture and the history of Durham Castle.
External Architecture OverviewThe architecture of Durham Castle has been influenced by events in British history over 1000 years.
Norman CastleBuilt in the 1980’s the Norman Chapel of Durham Castle is the oldest standing building in Durham City.
Medieval PalaceDuring the Medieval Period, Durham Castle, Palace Green and the Cathedral formed the power base for the Bishops of Durham.
External Architecture Overview
Search our collections
We welcome anyone who wishes to study our collections. Find out more about searching our collections online and how to make a research appointment.
Norman Chapel Conservation and Interpretation Project
Due to pre-existing environmental conditions, the condition of the Norman Chapel has deteriorated, and it became apparent in early 2013 that additional monitoring and investigation were needed.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor CentreFind out everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to Durham.
Historic LibrariesCosin’s Library was founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin to give local people access to ‘good books’.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre