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Uncover 1000 years of history as our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides take you on a journey through Durham Castle’s remarkable past. Built in the Norman period as an imposing fortress, Durham Castle’s story is entwined with that of the Prince Bishops of Durham, whose status made them some of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country.  

Discover a castle that gradually turned into a lavish palace, and was affected by major historical events from the Norman Conquest to the English Civil War. Today, it serves as a place of learning as the home of University College, the founding college of Durham University. 

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Tour times

Tour times vary throughout the year. Durham Castle is open for guided tours throughout the year in the afternoons during academic term and mornings and afternoons during university holidays. To book your tickets, please follow the link below: 

Contact us if you would like more information about our current tour schedule.

Self-guided tours

During the summer, we run self-guided days with optional audio guides. As such, on these days guided tours will not be available, but please ask at Palace Green Library for details.  

With the self-guided tours, you can discover Durham Castle for yourself. Our friendly guides and volunteers will be throughout Durham Castle to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden history of the Castle. 

Durham Castle Tour: need to know

Tours last approx. 45-50 minutes 

The historic nature and layout of the Castle means that the majority of the building is inaccessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs 

The tour route involves many steps and staircases, some of which are uneven 

To avoid disappointment, it is best to book a tour in advance, especially during school holidays, as we often sell out. 

Find out more about what’s included in a tour.

Group tours

Contact us for more information about our group tours, if you are interested in booking a Castle Tour for a group of 10 or more.

Ticket information

You can purchase your guided tour tickets on the day, at the reception desk in Palace Green Library, the building to the left of the Castle entrance. You can also book your tickets in advance, either by phone on +44 (0)191 334 2932, or via Eventbrite. Tickets cannot be purchased from Durham Castle directly. 

Individual Ticket prices

Adults (Age 16+) 


Over 60s/Concessions 


Children (Under 16 years) 


Students (non-Durham University) 




Durham University staff and students 


Contact us for more information about our group tours, if you are interested in booking a Castle Tour for a group of 10 or more.