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Tours of Durham Castle 

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Tours of Durham Castle 

Durham Castle is open for guided tours throughout the year in the afternoons during academic term and mornings and afternoons during university holidays.  Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Why not take a tour around one Durham’s most significant historic buildings. Built on the orders of William the Conqueror in the 1070s, Durham Castle began life as a motte-and-bailey castle. It soon became a palace to showcase the wealth of the Prince-Bishops whose semi-regal powers made them one of the most powerful political and military men in the country.

Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will take you through the gatehouse and into heart of the historic building. Here you will experience history and tales from 900 years of living history. Find out about the Prince-Bishops whose seat of power was based at for hundreds of years at Durham Castle, learn how the building became the first college of Durham University and how today as the home of University College students still live and learn in Durham Castle

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