In the heart of the City, Durham Castle forms part of Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grade 1 listed building shares Palace Green with Durham's iconic Norman Cathedral and is a few hundred yards from all the facilities and amenities that the City has to offer.
Due to the historic nature of the building, rooms are not wheelchair accessible. Some rooms are in the Castle Keep have over 100 steps to reach them and within Owengate (outside the Castle walls) have up to 65 steps. There are limited ground floor rooms and there are no lifts.
The historic Castle is Durham University's first and oldest College and used for student accommodation in University term times, but is available as guest accommodation during University vacations; January, Easter and throughout July, August and September. Staying at Durham Castle is an unparalleled experience and, whilst unlike a hotel there are not some modern conveniences like TVs in your room or lifts in the buildings, it is part of a wonderful World Heritage Site. All rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking. En-suite rooms have showers, but no baths.
Please be aware that restoration work is taking place to the Norman Gallery until approximately September 2024. There is scaffolding in the Courtyard, and also some in internal parts during the summer, but all areas are accessible whilst this important work to the Grade 1 listed Castle is completed.
On occasion, breakfast will be served in the Undercroft, rather than the Great Hall, due to ongoing restoration works.