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Welcome to Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Few buildings in the world can claim to have been in constant use for more than 900 years, but Durham Castle is one of them. It was originally built in the 11th century opposite Durham Cathedral to protect the Bishop from the 'barbaric' northern tribes, after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Over the centuries the core of the ancient castle remained intact, but there have been numerous renovations and extensions. The castle's aspect today is imposing. The Great Hall is one of the largest in Britain, created by Bishop Antony Bek in the 14th century. Since 1840, when the Bishop moved elsewhere, it has housed a college of Durham University. Visitors are welcome on guided tours, lasting about 45 minutes.

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Palace Green
£5 (adults), £3.50 (children under 14). Family passes available
English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Opening Times
Tours usually take place at intervals on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons during term time, daily during university vacations. Call ahead to check as events may result in cancellations
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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