Durham University, Visitor Attractions

Durham University, Visitor Attractions Durham University offers a host of unique Attractions, from museums to the Botanic Garden, a wide variety of performances and exhibitions to see, and extensive programme of public lectures to attend.
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Durham World Heritage Site
20/02/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

We have some fabulous new information panels in our World Heritage UK Site Visitor Centre! Call in, we're open daily 9.30am -5pm, and you can pick up local information, watch our films and book your Durham Castle Tour tickets!

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
20/02/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Here is a reminder of our tour schedule for the rest of February:

21st February: Castle Closed (annual college event)
From 22nd to 28th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
29th February: 2.15, 3.15, 4.15

Durham Castle is a working College of Durham University so our tour times vary and are subject to change.
If planning a visit we always advise checking for any updates and our latest availability on our website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/whatson/tour/
or by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

We've got some great family activities this week at the Oriental Museum, all running 1 until 3pm! Cool ClayWednesday, Fe...
18/02/2020

We've got some great family activities this week at the Oriental Museum, all running 1 until 3pm!

Cool Clay
Wednesday, February 19
Come along and play with clay. Experiment and get creative with this wonderful material

Crazy Crocodiles
Friday, February 21

Find out why the Ancient Egyptians were scared of crocodiles and craft your own croc. A range of art materials will be available

Super Scrolls
Saturday, February 22
Try writing some Chinese characters and make your own scroll

Botanic Garden:  Advance warning that, weather permitting, during week commencing 2 March 2020 we are planning to undert...
14/02/2020

Botanic Garden: Advance warning that, weather permitting, during week commencing 2 March 2020 we are planning to undertake some work to replace the glass in part of the Greenhouse roof. There may be some short term closures during the day, but we will restrict these to a mimimum. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential work. Further updates will follow.

The Botanic Garden is now a Partner Garden with the RHS and members can enjoy free entry on selected dates.  We look for...
10/02/2020

The Botanic Garden is now a Partner Garden with the RHS and members can enjoy free entry on selected dates. We look forward to welcoming many RHS members across the year. https://www.rhs.org.uk/

This month in the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre, our monthly exhibition is by Emma Beattie. Her images present us with f...
07/02/2020

This month in the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre, our monthly exhibition is by Emma Beattie. Her images present us with fascinating structures of plants and how life and beauty can survive and thrive, despite hostile conditions. Come along and enjoy her art on the walls of the Visitor Centre whilst enjoying a delicious slice of cake and a coffee.

Durham World Heritage Site
06/02/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

It's a bright sunny day here on the World Heritage Site! Why not call into the Visitor Centre to pick up local information, watch our films and buy your @durhamcastle tour tickets!

Durham World Heritage Site
06/02/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

Durham University Choral Society are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in partnership with Durham Opera Ensemble next month in @durhamcathedral Tickets for what will be a fabulous evening can be bought online or at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on Owengate

Durham World Heritage Site
06/02/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

Join us for a tour of Durham Castle! Tickets are available at Palace Green Library or at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on Owengate.

This Saturday 8 February at the Botanic Garden, we have our storyteller Elizabeth Baker celebrating National Storytellin...
05/02/2020

This Saturday 8 February at the Botanic Garden, we have our storyteller Elizabeth Baker celebrating National Storytelling Week with some frosty fables and snowy stories. There'll be some winter crafts too. Come along between 11am and 3pm and join in with the fun! Participation included in the normal admission price.

Oriental Museum Durham University
02/02/2020

Oriental Museum Durham University

Meet the team!
We are a group of MA students here at Durham University currently working on a new exhibition opening at the Oriental Museum in June 2020! We’re very excited to show you what we’re creating – so watch this space…

Tickets available from the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre  which is open 9.30am - 5pm daily, as well as online!
29/01/2020
EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble

Tickets available from the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre which is open 9.30am - 5pm daily, as well as online!

NEXT TUESDAY! We're debuting our new Gesualdo programme, Cruel Ecstasy, in Durham on 4th February: 13 of Don Carlo's finest, alongside fab music by Christopher Fox and Patrick Hegarty. BE THERE, PEOPLE OF THE NORTH-EAST!

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
28/01/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Here is an update with the tour times for February:

1st February: 1.15, 2.15, 4.15
From 2nd to 9th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
10th February: Castle Closed (private function)
11th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
12th February: 1.15, 3.15, 4.15
From 13th to 18th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
19th February: 1.15, 2.15 (Family Fun Tour, see events section of this page), 3.15, 4.15
20th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
21st February: Castle Closed (annual college event)
From 22nd to 29th February: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15

Durham Castle is a working College of Durham University so our tour times vary and are subject to change.
If planning a visit we always advise checking for any updates and our latest availability on our website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/whatson/tour/
or by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

Gong hei fat choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! A happy and prosperous Lunar New Year of the Rat to everyone, from all at the Orienta...
25/01/2020

Gong hei fat choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai!
A happy and prosperous Lunar New Year of the Rat to everyone, from all at the Oriental Museum!
#LunarNewYear2020
#LunarNewYear

Durham World Heritage Site
20/01/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on Owengate is selling tickets for this fantastic concert in Durham Cathedral! We're open daily, 9.30am - 5pm Music Durham This is Durham Durham University Retail Office

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
13/01/2020

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Tomorrow the Epiphany Term will start at Durham University and students are coming back to their accommodation in the castle.
If you would like to visit us this January, guided tours will be available from tomorrow every day at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

As Durham Castle is a working College of Durham University our tour times vary and are subject to change.
If planning a visit we always advise checking for any updates and our latest availability on our website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/whatson/tour/
or by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

Visit the Oriental  Museum's new ttemporary exhibition - Lunar New Year13 January 2020 - 16 February 2020Lunar New Year,...
13/01/2020

Visit the Oriental Museum's new ttemporary exhibition -
Lunar New Year
13 January 2020 - 16 February 2020

Lunar New Year, called the Spring Festival in China, is China's biggest and most important annual festival.
Lunar New Year is not just important in China, it is also celebrated in Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

In 2020, the first day of the New Year is Saturday 25th January. This will mark the beginning of the Year of the Rat.

Traditionally, celebrations begin up to three days before the New Year and last until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year. This family-friendly exhibition explores some of the traditional celebrations linked to Lunar New Year.

Find out more when you join our special events:

25 January, 1-3pm Crowdcraft: Year of the Rat

Make Chinese lanterns and papercuts to decorate the Museum ready for our Lantern Festival.

8 February, 6-8pm Lantern Festival Late Night Opening

See the Museum lit by lanterns, try fantastic crafts, sample delicious New Year food and drink and listen to stories.
Booking for this event will open soon!

This month in the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre we have the Artists of Shadforth Art Group exhibiting their work. Member...
09/01/2020

This month in the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre we have the Artists of Shadforth Art Group exhibiting their work. Members use different media including water colour, gouache, acrylic, oil, pastel, pen and ink, felting, textiles and mixed media. Come along and enjoy their work whilst enjoying a delicious coffee and cake in the cafe and browsing through the gift shop. Durham University Retail Office

Gallery update and free entry to the Oriental Museum today and Fruday.
09/01/2020

Gallery update and free entry to the Oriental Museum today and Fruday.

Cases have arrived!
We are offering free entry to visitors today and tomorrow, at the Oriental Museum, as the cases for our new Silk Roads gallery are installed.
Very exciting times!

We agree!
02/01/2020

We agree!

Durham City named by The Independent as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2020!

Home to one of Europe's most stunning city panoramas, discover winding cobbled streets, riverside walks, historic markets, boutique shopping and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this captivating city.

Start planning your next city getaway today >> http://bit.ly/ExploreDurhamCity

January's artefact of the month from the Oriental Museum! The Ancient Egypt Egyptian New Year coincided with the beginni...
02/01/2020

January's artefact of the month from the Oriental Museum!
The Ancient Egypt Egyptian New Year coincided with the beginning of the annual Nile flood in late summer.
The transition from one year to the next was thought to be a time when chaos could emerge to threaten the correct order of life.
A number of rituals developed to help to ensure a smooth transition. It is thought that these vessels were used to collect water from the beginning of the flood to be kept for ritual use.
The inscription on the shoulders of the flask asks for New Year wishes to be granted to the owner by the gods Ptah and Sekhmet.

Happy New Year from all of Durham University's visitor attractions!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from all of Durham University's visitor attractions!

Time for music?  You can hear a selection of Korean music in our gallery. The Oriental  Museum opens on the 2nd January....
27/12/2019

Time for music? You can hear a selection of Korean music in our gallery. The Oriental Museum opens on the 2nd January.
Here is a Korean drum from our collection.

Traditionally, Korean drums like this Channgo are made by stretching the skin by foot, while people jump on it to soften and stretch the piece.
The skin on the right hand side of the Channgo is thicker to create a lower tone. The body of the drum is usually made from paulownia wood and the red and blue belts on the laces can be moved up or down to adjust the tone and pitch.
Changgo drums are used for all types of Korean music as well as for folk and shaman rituals. During the rituals the drum is struck with a mallet to produce a much louder sound.

World Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Durham World Heritage Site
23/12/2019
World Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Durham World Heritage Site

World Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Durham World Heritage Site

Housed in a refurbished 19th century almshouse, Durham's World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, a free facility open seven days a week, provides visitors with an overview of the World Heritage Site, including information about what it means to be a World Heritage Site, what makes Durham significant, an...

Oriental Museum Durham University
19/12/2019

Oriental Museum Durham University

Nearly time for our Christmas break.
The Oriental Museum's last opening day before the Christmas holidays is Monday 23rd December.
Why not pop in for a calming hot chocolate and a look around the galleries?

We open again at 10am on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

The Botanic Garden will close at 3pm on Friday 20 December 2019, and re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020.  Merry ...
19/12/2019

The Botanic Garden will close at 3pm on Friday 20 December 2019, and re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our visitors and we look forward to seeing you again in 2020.

Situated on Owengate, our World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is open daily!
17/12/2019

Situated on Owengate, our World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is open daily!

The Visitor Centre is open 9.30am - 5pm. We've got local information, films about the World Heritage UK site, castle tour tickets and a fantastic exhibition of artwork by Paoi Wilmer!

This is Durham Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Palace Green Library
16/12/2019

Palace Green Library

As of Sunday 22nd December our opening hours will be changing for the festive period.

If you are visiting Durham between 27th and 30th December why not pop in to see our latest exhibition Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks.

Wishing you all the best this festive season.

New exhibition coming to the Oriental Museum February 2020!
14/12/2019
Oriental Museum Durham University

New exhibition coming to the Oriental Museum February 2020!

'Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now'.
Opening February 29th 2020

This will feature a British Museum touring exhibition, illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

Click on the lnk for more details!

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
11/12/2019

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Please find below our tour times for the month of January:

1st and 2nd January: Castle Closed (Christmas closure)
3rd and 4th January: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
From 5th to 8th January: 12.15, 1.15, 2.15, 3.15
9th and 10th January: Castle Closed (Congregation)
11th and 12th January: 12.15, 1.15, 2.15, 3.15
From 13th to 31st January: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15

Durham Castle is a working College of Durham University so our tour times vary and are subject to change.
If planning a visit we always advise checking for any updates and our latest availability on our website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/whatson/tour/
or by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

Hard at work at the Oriental Museum!
10/12/2019

Hard at work at the Oriental Museum!

The museum profession is not always the most glamorous. Here is the team transferring our carving of Avalokiteshvara of the Lion’s Roar (the bodhisattva of
compassion) very gingerly onto a trolley.

And ,,, finally In position!
Lovely new lighting will provide the final touch. Watch this space for the opening of the new Silk Roads gallery in May 2020. #silkroads

Take a look at the current exhibition by Paoi Wilmer in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre!  The centre is open dail...
10/12/2019

Take a look at the current exhibition by Paoi Wilmer in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre! The centre is open daily 9.30am - 5pm

Call into the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre and take a look at our current exhibition by Paoi Wilmer. Prints of the pieces from this colourful exhibition are for sale, and will make excellent #Christmas gifts! Durham University Retail Office This is Durham

Why not enter the Student Art Prize 2019 with the theme of 'Diversity'
04/12/2019

Why not enter the Student Art Prize 2019 with the theme of 'Diversity'

December's artefact of the month from the Oriental Museum-Ancient EgyptBes was one of the most important gods in Ancient...
02/12/2019

December's artefact of the month from the Oriental Museum-

Ancient Egypt
Bes was one of the most important gods in Ancient Egypt. He was not a major state god though, but a household god. Bes protected the home and particularly children. His image can be found on many household items including jars and jugs like this one.

Durham Castle Museum and Tours
30/11/2019

Durham Castle Museum and Tours

It's the annual Christmas Festival here in Durham this weekend! If you are visiting the marquee on the Green why not combine your festive experience with one of our Castle Tours? Tours will be running both today and tomorrow at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

You can buy your tickets in person at Palace Green Library reception, near the Castle, or at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre in Owengate, going up towards the Castle from the city centre. For information and advance bookings please call Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

Oriental Museum Durham University
29/11/2019

Oriental Museum Durham University

We're looking forward to our family activity Saturday afternoon -
Heroic Horses
See the stunning Chinese horse model on display and make your own galloping horse puppet.
Activities run 1 until 3pm

28/11/2019
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27/11/2019

Due to essential maintenance work that needs to take place in all areas of the garden, including the visitor centre and cafe, the Botanic Garden will be closed for 7 days from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 December inclusive. Everything will re-open as normal at 10am on Monday 9 December. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to our visitors during this period of work.

Have fun at our FAMILY ACTIVITYAwesome Egyptians at the Oriental Museum- Come and see the Ancient Egyptian jewellery on ...
22/11/2019

Have fun at our FAMILY ACTIVITY
Awesome Egyptians at the Oriental Museum-
Come and see the Ancient Egyptian jewellery on display and make your own Egyptian collar necklace.

Activities run 1 until 3pm

Durham World Heritage Site
19/11/2019

Durham World Heritage Site

We have a few spaces left at our lecture next week! Email [email protected] to book your space!

Durham World Heritage Site
19/11/2019

Durham World Heritage Site

Do you have a @durhamuniversity campus card? The World Heritage Site Visitor Centre shop is taking part in the Durham University staff and student shopping event! You can claim 20% discount on retail purchases until the 1st of December 🎁

@durhamuniversity #durham #christmas @DURetail

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