Durham Castle Museum and Tours

Durham Castle Museum and Tours Uncover 900 years of history in this undefeated castle. From a Norman mermaid to Civil War armour and more, there's lots to see on our tours and visits.
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Don't forget to like OUR PAGE Durham castle Museum and Tours BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT for the chance to win a tour for up to ...
31/07/2019

Don't forget to like OUR PAGE Durham castle Museum and Tours BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT for the chance to win a tour for up to 4 people and receive our adorable Castle mascotte Maltby the Lion.

We will randomly select a winner after the closing date and if selected you will win a voucher for up to 4 people for a free Castle Tour (or free entry to one of our summer Self-Guided Days) that you will be able to use on your selected date by the end of December 2019, and you will receive a soft toy of our cute Maltby on the day of your visit.

Please note that Castle Tours times vary throughout the year and some chosen dates may not be available due to events or college activities.

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, why not come along to our Self-Guided Day at Durham castle today ...
31/07/2019

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, why not come along to our Self-Guided Day at Durham castle today Wednesday 31st July or tomorrow 1st August?

Self-guided days are unique as you can discover Durham Castle for yourself without going on a guided tour. Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers will be throughout the castle to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden history of the building.

Entry is from 11.15am to a last entry at 3.30pm.

Tickets can be bought at Palace Green Library and the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. No need to book and normal charges apply.

The historic nature and layout of the Castle means that the majority of the building is inaccessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs. The castle has many steps and staircases, some of which are uneven.

We are looking forward to Wednesday and Thursday when we have the first of our self-guided days. Visitors will be able t...
29/07/2019

We are looking forward to Wednesday and Thursday when we have the first of our self-guided days. Visitors will be able to explore Durham Castle on their own without going on a guided tour.

29/07/2019

Please find below an update to our tour times for the last few days of July:

29th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.15, 1.45, 2.15,2.45,3.15,3.45,4.15 (No Great Hall access - concessionary price applies)
30th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.45, 2.15,2.45,3.15,3.45,4.15 (No Great Hall access- concessionary price applies)
31st July: 11.15 to 4.15 (Castle Self Guided Day)

You can pre-book your tickets up to 7 days in advance by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

If you are planning a visit to Durham Castle on Monday 29th or Tuesday 30th, please note that due to a private event in ...
26/07/2019

If you are planning a visit to Durham Castle on Monday 29th or Tuesday 30th, please note that due to a private event in the Castle the Great Hall will not be included in the guided tours. A concessionary price of £3.50 per person will apply on the day.

You can pre-book your tickets up to 7 days in advance by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

Don't forget to like OUR PAGE Durham castle Museum and Tours for the chance to win a tour for up to 4 people and receive...
25/07/2019

Don't forget to like OUR PAGE Durham castle Museum and Tours for the chance to win a tour for up to 4 people and receive our adorable Castle mascotte Maltby the Lion.

The competition will end Wednesday 31st July at midnight, when we will randomly select a winner.

If selected you will win a voucher for up to 4 people for a free Castle Tour (or free entry to one of our summer Self-Guided Days) that you will be able to use on your selected date by the end of December 2019, and you will receive a soft toy of our cute Maltby on the day of your visit.

Please note that Castle Tours times vary throughout the year and some chosen dates may not be available due to events or college activities.

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Competition time!Do you want to win a free Castle Tour for up to 4 people and receive our adorable Castle mascotte Maltb...
16/07/2019

Competition time!

Do you want to win a free Castle Tour for up to 4 people and receive our adorable Castle mascotte Maltby the Lion? All you need to do is LIKE OUR DURHAM CASTLE FACEBOOK PAGE (not this post) by Wednesday 31st July at midnight and we will then randomly select a winner.

If selected you will win a voucher for up to 4 people for a free Castle Tour (or free entry to one of our summer Self-Guided Days) that you will be able to use on your selected date by the end of December 2019 ,and you will receive a soft toy of our cute Maltby on the day of your visit.

Please note that Castle Tours times vary throughout the year and some chosen dates may not be available due to events or college activities.

Please share this post! We look forward to seeing you in Durham Castle soon.

If you are thinking of attending a Castle Tour this Saturday 13th July, please note Durham City on the day will celebrat...
11/07/2019

If you are thinking of attending a Castle Tour this Saturday 13th July, please note Durham City on the day will celebrate its annual Miners' Gala.

The event is a large gathering and labour festival associated with Durham's coal mining heritage. The highlight is the parade of banners, each typically accompanied by a brass band, which are marched to the old Racecourse, where political speeches are delivered. In the afternoon a Miners' service is held in Durham Cathedral, which may include the blessing of any new banners. An estimated 200,000 people attended the Gala in 2018.

Most roads in the city centre are closed from 6am to 8pm, so it may be difficult to get close to the city centre to park. The park and ride will also be busy, so please leave yourself enough time to get to the Castle.

Out tour times for the day are 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 13.45, 14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 15.45 and 16.15.

You can pre-book your tickets by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

08/07/2019

If you were thinking of visiting Durham Castle this Saturday 13th July, please note that the 1.15pm tour is now cancelled. Here are the updated tour times for this weekend:

Saturday 13th July: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15am, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm, 4.15pm
Sunday 14th July: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15am, 1.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm, 4.15pm

You can pre-book your tickets up to 7 days in advance by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

05/07/2019

If you are planning to visit Durham Castle next Tuesday 9th July, please be aware that the 12.15pm guided tour will not include the Great hall due to an event taking place. Discounted admission applies for this tour.

You can pre-book your tickets up to 7 days in advance by calling Palace Green Library on 01913342932 or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 01913343805, Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm.

From tomorrow Monday 1st July to Saturday 6th July Durham Castle will be closed to visitors as we welcome prospective st...
30/06/2019

From tomorrow Monday 1st July to Saturday 6th July Durham Castle will be closed to visitors as we welcome prospective students for the University Open Days and as the Castle is used as a setting during the annual Congregation ceremonies, which will take place throughout the week. Well done to all who are graduating in the next few days!
Castle Tours will resume on Sunday 7th July at 1.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45 and 4.15pm.

Here are the Castle Tour times for the month of July:From 1st to 6th July: Castle Closed for Congregation ceremonies7th ...
27/06/2019

Here are the Castle Tour times for the month of July:

From 1st to 6th July: Castle Closed for Congregation ceremonies
7th July: 1.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45, 4.15
8th July: 10.15, 11.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
9th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15 (12.15pm tour has no Great Hall access)
From 10th to 12th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
13th and 14th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15,1.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45,3.15,3.45,4.15
15th to 17th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
18th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 4.15
19th July: 10.15
20th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15
21st July: 1.15, 1.45, 2.15, 2.45, 3.15, 3.45, 4.15
22nd July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.15
23rd July: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
24th and 25th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.15, 1.45, 2.15,2.45,3.15,3.45,4.15
26th July: 11.15
27th July: 10.15, 11.15
28th July: 10.15
29th and 30th July: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.15, 1.45, 2.15,2.45,3.15,3.45,4.15 (No Great Hall access)
31st July: 11.15 to 4.15 (Castle Self Guided Day)

Tours can be pre-booked up to seven days in advance.
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.

The weather forecast is looking great for Durham Castle Family Fun Day this Sunday!Book your FREE tickets via EventBrite...
24/06/2019

The weather forecast is looking great for Durham Castle Family Fun Day this Sunday!

Book your FREE tickets via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/durham-castle-summer-family-fun-day-tickets-63551943574

Bring your family to Durham Castle and celebrate summer with Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum. With a bouncy castle, family fun tours, balloon modelling, circus-themed crafts and more, this is a fab treat for children and parents alike. This event is completely free, with circus-themed fancy dress encouraged!

Tickets are limited and need to be booked in advance. Please select a suitable time slot when you book online. Please note if you arrive after your time slot, your places may be made available to someone else. Tickets are required for both adults and children (including infants). Please make sure all adults and children in your group are booked on the time slot.

Family Fun Castle Tours will be available for sign up on arrival, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The West Courtyard Café will be open where you will be able to purchase refreshments and snacks. Please note it is cash only.

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 some steps and staircases, some of which are uneven. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not be suitable for children under 5.

Upon arrival, please come straight to Castle to collect your ticket. There is no parking on the site. The nearest car park is the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Car Park, postcode DH1 3UJ. Our website provides more details about how to find us www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/visit/location/

For enquiries, please phone Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932 or email [email protected]

This event is supported by Arts Council England and Museum Development North East.

On Tuesday 25th June Castle celebrates the annual June Ball, the largest of University College’s annual balls. It host...
24/06/2019

On Tuesday 25th June Castle celebrates the annual June Ball, the largest of University College’s annual balls. It hosts around 900 undergraduates, postgraduates and teaching staff during the 12-hour white-tie event. The June Ball is renowned across the country having featured in Tatler’s Bystander, The Guardian’s ‘Top 100 things to do before you die’, and Mastercard’s ‘Top Events Money Can’t Buy’. The ball is the culmination of many years of hard academic study and is very much a Castle tradition, with its theme remaining a closely guarded secret until guests arrive on the night. The night begins with a champagne drinks reception, when the eagerly anticipated theme is finally revealed. Guests then begin a four course meal situated in the stunning surroundings of Palace Green, located directly between the greatest Norman building in England – Durham Cathedral – and the Castle. After dinner, guests explore the ball, losing themselves amongst the grounds, halls, corridors, chapels and various magnificently themed rooms of the Castle. The night culminates with a survivors’ photograph and a celebratory breakfast.

On Sunday 30 June it's Family Fun Day at Castle!Free Entry! Booking is essential.For more info & bookings please see our...
20/06/2019
Durham Castle Summer Family Fun Day

On Sunday 30 June it's Family Fun Day at Castle!

Free Entry! Booking is essential.

For more info & bookings please see our EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/durham-castle-summer-family-fun-day-tickets-63551943574

Durham Castle Summer Family Fun Day Get ready for summer with our circus-themed family fun day at Durham Castle on Sunday 30th June 2019. Bring your family to Durham Castle and celebrate summer with Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum. With a bouncy castle, family fun tours, ballo...

Durham Castle Summer Family Fun DaySunday 30th June 2019 11am-4pmFree Entry! Booking essential. Bring your family to Dur...
17/06/2019

Durham Castle Summer Family Fun Day

Sunday 30th June 2019 11am-4pm

Free Entry! Booking essential.

Bring your family to Durham Castle and celebrate summer with Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum. With a bouncy castle, family fun tours, balloon modelling, circus-themed crafts and more, this is a fab treat for children and parents alike. This event is completely free, with circus-themed fancy dress encouraged!

Tickets are limited and need to be booked in advance. Please select a suitable time slot when you book online. Please note if you arrive after your time slot, your places may be made available to someone else. Tickets are required for both adults and children (including infants). Please make sure all adults and children in your group are booked on the time slot.

Family Fun Castle Tours will be available for sign up on arrival, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The West Courtyard Café will be open where you will be able to purchase refreshments and snacks. Please note it is cash only.

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 some steps and staircases, some of which are uneven. Please note that due to the nature of the building this tour may not be suitable for children under 5.

Upon arrival, please come straight to Castle to collect your ticket. There is no parking on the site. The nearest car park is the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Car Park, postcode DH1 3UJ. Our website provides more details about how to find us www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/visit/location/

For enquiries, please phone Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932 or email [email protected]

This event is supported by Arts Council England and Museum Development North East.

Book online via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/durham-castle-summer-family-fun-day-tickets-63551943574

Please find below our tour times for June 2019:1st to 6th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.157th June: 13.15 TBC, 14.15, 15...
27/05/2019

Please find below our tour times for June 2019:

1st to 6th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
7th June: 13.15 TBC, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
8th to 11th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
12th June: 13.15, 15.15, 16.15
13th and 14th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
15th and 16th June: Castle Closed (College Event)
17th to 20th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
21st and 22nd June: Tours TBC running on the day for College Event (weather dependent)
23rd and 24th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
25th and 26th June: Castle Closed (College Event)
27th to 29th June: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
30th June: Castle charity family event ( no public tours running)

Tours can be pre-booked up to seven days in advance.
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.

Please find below a reminder of our tour times for the second half of May 2019:15th to 21st May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16...
15/05/2019
Durham Castle Museum : Tours - Durham University

Please find below a reminder of our tour times for the second half of May 2019:

15th to 21st May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
22nd May: 13.15, 15.15, 16.15
23rd to 31st May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15

Tours can be pre-booked up to seven days in advance.
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.

Please note that our Castle tour schedule for the upcoming Saturday 11th May has changed slightly. We now have tours run...
09/05/2019
Durham Castle Museum : Tours - Durham University

Please note that our Castle tour schedule for the upcoming Saturday 11th May has changed slightly. We now have tours running only at 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

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.

Please find below our tour times for the month of May:1st to 3rd May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.154th May: 13.15, 15.15, 1...
26/04/2019
Durham Castle Museum : Tours - Durham University

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

1st to 3rd May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
4th May: 13.15, 15.15, 16.15
5th May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
6th May: 13.15, 14.15, 16.15
7th May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
8th May: 13.15, 14.15, 16.15
9th to 21st May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15
22nd May: 13.15, 15.15, 16.15
23rd to 31st May: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15

Tours can be pre-booked up to seven days in advance.

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.

Please find below a reminder for our Castle Tour times for the rest of April:From Tue 16th to Thu 18th April: 10.15, 11....
15/04/2019

Please find below a reminder for our Castle Tour times for the rest of April:

From Tue 16th to Thu 18th April: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
Fri 19th April: 10.15, 11.15
Sat 20th April: Castle closed (wedding)
Sun 21st April: 10.15, 11.15
From Mon 22nd to Thu 25th April: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15
Fri 26th April: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15
From Sat 27th to Tue 30th April: 1.15, 2.15, 3.15, 4.15

Tours can be pre-booked up to seven days in advance. 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.

Address

Durham Castle, Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RW

General information

Visits to Durham Castle are by guided tours only. Durham Castle is a working building, so it is sometimes necessary to cancel tours due to University or commercial activities. Please check our website for any changes to the following times: During University Term: 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15 Outside University Term: 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15 Closed between Christmas and New Year and during Congregation (Durham’s Graduation). https://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.castle/

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