Durham Castle

North of Durham Cathedral stands one of the oldest parts of Durham
Occupied continuously since the 11th Century, Durham Castle is now home to the students of University College; part of Durham University.

The earliest parts of the Castle date to around 1072AD from the order of William the Conqueror. Supervision of the build was given to the Earl of Northumberland until his rebellion and execution in 1076AD.
Walcher, Bishop of Durham. After purchasing the earldom; inherited control of the Castle and becoming the first Prince-Bishop of Durham.

There is more information on the history on the Durham World Heritage Site

The Castle Collections

Durham Castle’s collections fall into 5 main categories:

  • Fine art
    Paintings in oil and watercolours, engravings and sculptures.
  • Decorative art
    Ceramics, glass, furniture, silverware and woodwork
  • Architecture and stained glass
    Key elements of the castle’s architecture.
  • Arms and armour
    Many pieces dating from the Civil War upto and including Georgian flintlocks.
  • College Collections
    Early photographs and student records; alongside sporting memorabilia.

Self Guided Tours

Durham Castle inner courtyard
Durham Castle inner courtyard ©Durham University

You can explore Durham castle at your own pace with a self guided tour.

This is done via pre-booked tickets through a third-party site; information is available on the Durham University – Durham Castle Museum Web area.

Adults and Children over 12 – £4.50
Children 11 and under – Free

What about four legged visitors?

At Tithe Barn Cottages we do welcome pets (with well behaved owners), so it is important that locations we recommend visiting also allow our canine friends.

Unfortunately due to the historic nature of the Castle only assistance dogs are permitted. 
We recommend (if possible) splitting up and while part of your group explores Durham Castle the other could visit Durham Cathedral.

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