Durham Castle

Durham Castle has enjoyed a long history of continuous use, and is now home to students of University College, Durham.

Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating narrow streets. 

The castle is truly a living building. Like other Durham University colleges, aside from catering to the day-to-day needs of its members, the college hosts a range of special functions, such as formal dinners and balls, in which college members and their guests can participate. There are also occasional public events such as plays, concerts, and exhibitions.

The Castle is also used for private functions. In summer, it is a popular venue for wedding receptions, for example. Bed and breakfast accommodation is also available, especially out of term time. Accommodation ranges from standard single or double rooms to the fantastic Bishop's Suite.

Student guides take visitors on guided tours of the building, explaining both its 900 year old history as well as how it functions today. 

Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed to Palace Green Library.

Telephone 0191 334 2932 or email


Durham Castle is available all year round for accommodation in the Chaplain and Bishop Suites, with breakfast in the Great Hall. Perfect for that special stay in the historic centre of Durham's World Heritage Site. Contact or telephone 0191 334 3800.



Opening Times


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


13:00 - 17:00


Find us

Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW

0191 334 2932