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Durham Castle: Impressive example of Norman Architecture

LocationDurham, County Durham, England (Google Maps Location)
Open for VisitorsYes
Official WebsiteDurham University
Owned byThe State
Rooms AvailableYes (Stay, Weddings, Events, Conferences, Shooting)

Located at the heart of Durham, this Castle is an 11th-century beautiful Norman castle that has functioned by the University College since 1837. It has been designated as a cultural world heritage site in England since 1986 and welcomes the general public to visit it as part of guided tours. Before visiting the Castle, read our blog for some interesting and useful information about it.

Durham Castle History

Durham Castle
Durham Castle, by Carla Brain, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In 1072, the Normans built the Durham Castle following the motte and bailey design under the order of William the Conqueror. In 1080, the castle was attacked and besieged by rebels from Northumbria. In 1177, the castle was seized by king Henry II of England, but Bishop Hugh de Puiset was able to get it back. In the 12th century, he made major alterations to the castle’s design, which Bishop Thomas Hatfield followed in the 1300s. In the 14th century, a large Great Hall was added to its design by Bishop Antony Bek.

The castle remained the Bishop’s palace until Auckland Castle became their residence in 1832. Later, it was donated to the University of Durham by William Van Mildert. In 1837, Edward Maltby, the next Bishop, completed the castle’s renovations, and the college was finally moved into the castle.

Durham Castle Inside

Durham Castle Entrance
Durham Castle Entrance, by Andrew Bowden, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Castle is a historical landmark and an impressive example of Norman Architecture in England. It is filled with stunning art and furniture collections. Visitors can explore its beautiful gardens, keep, gatehouse, great hall, black staircase, castellations, thick stone walls, and arched doorways. It has 70 rooms. The castle is only accessible to the general public during scheduled and guided tours.

Durham Castle Interesting Facts

  • The Castle is a home for more than 1400 students of University College. Around 300 students live in and around it.
  • It is a Grade I building that shares palace green with the iconic Norman Cathedral.
  • Various parts of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “the Chamber of Secrets” were shot at This Castle. Also, Avengers: Endgame was shot at this castle.
  • The Castle wedding venue is perfect for organising a fairytale wedding. You can also choose this venue for meetings, get-togethers, and civil ceremonies.  

Durham Castle Nearby Places to Stay

This Castle offers the best accommodation around it. You can stay in the castle too. The prices for the rooms start from £ 80 per night. If you want to stay near it, choose from Castle View Guest House, Durham Riverside Apartment- Elvet Bridge View, 40 Winks, and Premier Inn Durham City Centre Hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Durham Castle?

The Castle lies within the Durham city centre conservation area and is managed by Durham County Council.

What is Durham Castle famous for?

The Castle has magnificent architecture, a spectacular location, and deep history. It is a famous venue for shooting and weddings.

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