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1 May 2024 - 1 May 2024

1:15PM - 4:15PM

Durham Castle

  • £5: full price £4.50: concessions FREE: under 16, Durham University staff and students

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Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

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Guided tour in the Tunstall Chapel

Uncover 1000 years of history as our 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. Today, the building serves as a place of learning as the home of University College, the founding college of Durham University. 

Tour times schedule is dependent on college activities and varies greatly throughout the year.

To book your tickets, please follow the link below (please be aware tour times are released only a week at a time only):

If you would like more information about our current tour schedule or to get help to book your tickets you can contact us on:


Phone: +44(0)191 334 293

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by phone, or on the day from Palace Green Library, next to the Castle entrance (first come first serve basis).

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 

Only assistance dogs are allowed


£5: full price £4.50: concessions FREE: under 16, Durham University staff and students

Concessions: over 60s, students (non Durham University)