Offering clean and comfortable accommodation in historic Durham Castle, with free WiFi


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.

A wide variety of comfortable bedrooms is available, ranging from standard rooms with shared facilities to magnificent state rooms. 

Accommodation is available during University vacations; January, Easter and throughout July, August and September. Subject to availability at the time of booking!

History to the present day

The present Castle began in 1072 as a simple defensive mound commissioned by William the Conqueror to defend the peninsula formed by the meander in the River Wear. Over the centuries, the Castle has been a residence of the Bishops of Durham who added to the buildings and altered them to suit the needs of the time.

The University of Durham was founded in 1832 by Bishop Van Mildert and the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral. After Van Mildert's death in 1836 the Castle was handed over to the University and became University College in 1837, the oldest of the Durham Colleges. Early generations of students lived either in University House, now Cosin's Hall, or in the Castle Keep which was reconstructed in 1840.

The College is an academic community within Durham University of around 600 undergraduates and 50 postgraduates, and members of University staff attached to the College through the Senior Common Room. All members, both academic staff and students, share a common aim: the pursuit of knowledge. There are many other aspects of College life: cultural, sporting and social, but the main purpose of the College is academic.

Food and Drinks

The rates include a full English breakfast served between Monday to Friday 8:00-10:00 / Saturday and Sunday 8:00-10:30 in the medieval Great Hall

The College Undercroft bar is generally open most evenings from 6 to 11pm. Check at the Reception for opening times.

Grounds and gardens

The Castle, part of Durham's World Heritage Castle, is located on Palace Green across from the City's iconic Norman Cathedral. Either relax walking around the historic city or take a stroll along the nearby banks of the River Wear.

Due to the nature of Durham Castle it is used as a venue for a variety of events and functions. As such, there may be some noise and minor disruption during your stay, our staff will endeavour to control this where possible.

Durham Cathedral is located next to Durham Castle and as a result guests should be aware the Cathedral bells ring prior to services on a Sunday and between 18.30 and 20.30 each Thursday evening.

Other facilities

Rooms include tea & coffee making facilities. As part of your stay you are welcome to join one of the public guided tours on a complimentary basis. During University vacations tours are normally available every morning of the week at 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm, and in the afternoons when there are no commercial activities (e.g. weddings), from 14.15pm to 17.15pm.

Wifi is available in all bedrooms, please ask for a password at reception


No disabled access

13th century buildings (or older)

14th century buildings

15th century buildings

16th century buildings

Breakfast Included

No parking

No smoking

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)


Nearby Recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Durham Castle, Durham - Reviews


Based on 356 reviews
Service 4.6
Rooms 4.3
Food 4.5
Value 4.5
Overall Experience 4.6

Very helpful and cheerful staff in Porter's Lodge. Quickly sorted out a non-working bedside light and a faulty lavatory cistern. Room was very clean. Breakfast was excellent.
Mr Roger T

We enjoyed staying in Durham Castle very much. To be able to stay at such a historic place was very exciting. The staff was very kind and helpful and especially thank you to the very kind porter who helped us up all the stairs with our quite heavy suitcases! The room was a little cold and lit all through the night with a spotlight pointing right at our window, but other than that we really enjoyed staying at Durham Castle. The view was exceptionel and the location was very convenient for exploring the town. We also appreciated the castle bus service, which took us to the train station for only 1 pound for a day ticket.
Miss Sara Krohn D

A beautiful building, you'd expect to pay much more to stay in a castle! Really enjoyed it.
Dr Michael G

Had a great stay, thanks. Great bragging rights to having spent your holiday in a castle !
Mr Julian S

Whole experience was fascinating and great value for the money. All staff exceptionally pleasant and helpful.
Mrs Shiela C

Best location and amazing experience staying in 1000 years old building. Room was comfortable and dinning hall was magical. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was also good.
Mrs Patcharin S

We stayed for a wedding and your staff were amazing, definitely made our stay. Many thanks, Kirstie
Miss Kirstie L

Great experience having rooms in Castle keep. Just had to get used to walking up 120 steps
Miss Ruth P

Great stay! Lovely welcoming staff
Mrs Cindy B

This was a lovely stay. The staff were uniformly friendly and welcoming. I had a very pleasant gin and tonic in the bar (and a pint after dinner!) and thought the two barmen serving there were also first-rate. I needed to charge my phone and one of the chaps went out of his way to get an extension for me so I could sit comfortably. They were also both very friendly and good conversationalists. Real assets to the place. Definitely a place to recommend to visitors. Its location so close to the Cathedral is also idea.
Mr Simon W

Arrival Info

Address: Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DurhamDH1 3RW, United Kingdom

Address: University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW.

Check In: From 2.00pm. Check Out: By 10.00am Luggage can be stored if required.

On arrival please report to the Reception, which is open 24 hours per day. 

Visitors and guests with mobility problems are advised to contact us well in advance so that we can provide the best advice and assistance. The contact number will be noted on your booking receipt. 

The entrance to the Castle (the Barbican) is a single track cobbled road with a restricted entrance through the Gatehouse to the Courtyard. The Barbican is approximately 4.2 metres wide and the Gatehouse 2.5 metres wide by 2.6 metres high.