Durham Castle B&B
University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW
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Durham Castle B&B
University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW
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.
In 1072, the castle started life as a simple defensive mound commissioned by William the Conqueror to defend the peninsula formed by the meander in the River Wear. Since then, the castle has been home to the Bishops of Durham who over time have made various structural additions as and when required.
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|B&B Price per person from:||£ (based on two people sharing a double room)|
|Credit Cards Accepted:||Delta, Mastercard, Maestro / Switch, Solo, Visa|
|Bedrooms:||78 , consisting of Standard Singles, Single, Twin and Double Ensuites are all available|
|Children:||Children over 11 welcome (For every two children aged 11-17, an over 18 years must accompany them)|
||Accommodation is available during University vacations; January, Easter and throughout July, August and September.|
Wifi is available in all bedrooms, please ask for a password at reception, State Rooms have LCD TV, tea/coffee making facilities and toiletries available in the bathroom, Tea & Coffee making facilities are provided in rooms
The College Undercroft bar is generally open most evenings from 6 to 11pm. Check at Reception for opening times, Durham Castle is one of the premier venues for wedding receptions in the North East. The magnificent Great Hall, which dates from 1284, can take wedding breakfasts of up to 200 guests, The College can accommodate presentations, meetings and seminars for up to 60 delegates in the Senate Room and day delegate packages are available
Cinema close by, Theatre within walking distance
|Local directions:||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.|
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Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle12Miss wai L
Lovely reception team members and yummy breakfast. Also the bus driver as well. Everyone amazing. Definitely recommend. Thanks
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle21DrF Catherine W
Really memorable visit and I shall certainly be back. Thank you.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle11Mrs Sheena S
Had a lovely experience at our stay at Durham castle celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. The tour which was free if you stayed was interesting. Parking with the permit provided on Palace Green was good. The breakfast was excellent Porridge delicious. Everything from cereals to cooked breakfast. Fruit juices to range of coffee and teas.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle30ProfM Peter S
Great experience! We loved the atmosphere and my wife (a medieval enthusiast) loved the free tour of the castle. Sure there was no TV (and the stairs were a bit of a chore) but it was worth it. Breakfast in the Great Hall was as good as your usual hotel but in a much more interesting place. We were pleased by the experience and would recommend it to anyone who responds to historical surroundings.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle11Mrs Clare A
This is a superb place to stay to visit Durham Cathedral and Castle. I was given a warm welcome and very much enjoyed my stay, room in the tower and breakfast in hall.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle10Mr Vincent M
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle10Mr Nigel E
Most enjoyable stay in beautiful historic building and surroundings which made the thirty odd steps well worthwhile . Staff very helpful throughout
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle20DrM Roderick T
Well placed to visit the cathedral and the old centre of town. Interesting tour of the castle.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle21DrF Elizabeth F
A great stay in the Keep. It was very quiet and peaceful despite a wedding being on the same night we stayed. The rooms were very clean with towels provided. The porters were very helpful with parking. Breakfast was plentiful and fresh. Having a tour of the castle for free is a nice added bonus. A great stay overall!
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle10Mr Jonathan B
Great place to stop - fantastic location and atmospheric being in the Castle.
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle30ProfM Mark B
What could be better for a stay in Durham than the castle itself? Very friendly and courteous staff, rooms are simply but well appointed, spotless, and many afford amazing views of the city. Note that some of the rooms must be accessed via LOTS of stairs! If you're disabled or otherwise unable to negotiate stairs safely be sure to let the staff know when you book so they can make sure your room is accessible to you.
Posted on by Mr Roger T
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.
Posted on by Miss Sara Krohn D
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.
Posted on by Dr Michael G
A beautiful building, you'd expect to pay much more to stay in a castle! Really enjoyed it.
Posted on by Mr Julian S
Had a great stay, thanks. Great bragging rights to having spent your holiday in a castle !
Posted on by Mrs Shiela C
Whole experience was fascinating and great value for the money. All staff exceptionally pleasant and helpful.
Posted on by Mrs Patcharin S
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.
Posted on by Miss Kirstie L
We stayed for a wedding and your staff were amazing, definitely made our stay. Many thanks, Kirstie
Posted on by Miss Ruth P
Great experience having rooms in Castle keep. Just had to get used to walking up 120 steps
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle11Mrs Cindy B
Great stay! Lovely welcoming staff
Posted on by CustomerDetailsTitle10Mr Simon W
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.
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Posted on by Mrs Claire G
Very polite staff. Room had everything I needed.
Posted on by Miss Jennifer F
Good room and bathroom with nice shower. A good stay for someone wanting value for Money and setting was great. Also liked the option of keeping bags at reception in day time
Posted on by Mrs Jane M
Very peaceful room. I appreciated having a radio. It was fascinating to go on the guided tour of the castle as well. First class breakfast! Better than many hotels would offer. I'd recommend staying at the castle to anyone.
Posted on by Mrs Emma B
We had 4 single rooms in the keep of the castle. Lots of stairs to go up but great fun. The experience was unforgettable and all the staff fantastic. Great breakfast too.
Posted on by Miss Barbara B
I was delighted with my room, it was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. I also loved the location - in a truly wonderful part of the City. The free guided tour of the castle was excellent also. All staff were friendly and helpful. It was my first visit to Durham, but I shall definitely be returning!
Posted on by Mrs Harriet K
the excitement here is staying in a castle - and we did love that part of it! But the rooms are university halls so fairly basic though comfortable, and the breakfast is definitely hall food! Still - fantastic and very central place to stay, and we did love looking out on to crenellations and the river from our window.
Posted on by Mr Derek M
We really enjoyed staying at the Castle. Such a special feeling eating breakfast in the Hall and coming back each evening through the Palace Green. Highly recommend a stay here. Don't expect luxury accomodation , bit chilly and threadbare, but lovely staff and overall experience unforgettable.
Posted on by Mr George E
I have just completed a thirty day tour of England with American relatives. The stay in Durham Castle was definitely one of the highlights of the tour. We had hours of fun exploring the castle, discovering the warren of passages and winding staircases, the arcaded gallery with its fine Norman arches, the 16th century chapel and the much more ancient Norman Chapel underneath. The Undercroft bar was a very welcoming place to sit and relax, with a huge range of drinks on tap - there were 35 different gins alone - and the bedrooms were very comfortable, as well as being quirky and individual. Breakfast in the Great Hall surrounded by portraits and armour and weapons from the Civil War was a great experience, and the food was plentiful and well cooked. The staff who dealt with us were all helpful, friendly and efficient. We particularly appreciated the assistance we were given about parking, which was an issue on the day we arrived because the only road to the castle was being resurfaced and closed to traffic between 8:30 am and 4pm. As well as being an extremely interesting place to visit in its own right, the castle is ideally placed to visit the other sights of Durham, notably of course the magnificent cathedral, which is in my opinion the finest in Britain, and I recommend guests to attend choral evensong there if they possibly can. If anyone is thinking of going to see the utterly amazing Son et Lumière production 'Kynren' at Bishop Auckland, which really should be seen by everyone, Durham Castle would be an excellent place to stay for it. But book early - places fill up fast!
Posted on by Mr Hugh Derek J
A lovely place to stay
Posted on by Mr Jonathan S
Superb place to stay in such a unique historical building. Excellent room, especially considering that it's in such a building: really excellent shower, for example. Very comfortable bed, and good wifi. Not suitabel for anyone who would have trouble with climbing long flight of stairs - only 64 to my room but some are much further up. Friendly and helpful staff. Nice bar in the Norman undercroft of the great hall. Very useful to have parking permit and exemption from the congestion charge: this was one of the things that persuaded me to stay at the castle.
Posted on by Mr RICHARD C
Wonderful stay. Great staff, friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Loved the proximity to the cathedral and town for shopping. A TRUELY great stay. Highly recommended. Richard, Vancouver.
Posted on by Ms Carol M
Splendid opportunity to stay in an historic building in the heart of Durham.
Posted on by Mr Kenneth G
Everything just worked as expected from checking in, sorting out the parking on Palace Green, lovely room, superb breakfasts. We'll be back!
Posted on by Mrs joan C
for me it was an absolute privilege to have stayed in Durham Castle. From the second I put my foot over the threshold, the cheerful Gateman had a really cheerful greeting for me (even though I was early) The accommodation was spotless and breakfast time was wonderful. The girls serving breakfast were helpful and friendly. The food was perfect and the great hall was outstanding. I still cannot believe the experience. I was actually given a conducted tour free of charge. all that history. I met some very interesti g people. Thank you to everybody that helped make this holiday the best ever.
Posted on by Mrs Lesley B
Perfectly adequate room. Good heating and shower facilities. Room very clean.
Posted on by Mrs Fiona G
What a beautiful castle - really breathtaking. The staff were marvellous - incredibly helpful - carried my case up etc. Could not have been more helpful. The included tour was excellent too. Facilities generally very good - only small criticism was that my mattress was rather too firm- but perhaps that's a matter of taste! Breakfast was good too. I would definitely recommend it - my husband was thrilled to wake up in a castle on his 50th birthday.
Posted on by Mrs Anna W
A beautiful place to stay.Our rooms were at the top of 125 steps so do check when you book if this would be a problem for you! The view was amazing though :) Durham is an absolute little gem.
Posted on by Mr John G
Great value; good support from Porters' Lodge; parking concession a massive bonus; fantastic breakfast. Thanks all round
Posted on by Dr Helen J
Can't recommend the experience highly enough. Fantastic tour of the castle and free parking.
Posted on by Mr Paul R
My friend and I enjoyed our experience at Durham Castle. Choice of breakfast food was good. Staff were very helpful. The setting was amazing and very centrally located in the town.
Posted on by Ms Marianne T
There are a lot of stairs (just over a hundred!) but the best view from any hotel bedroom I've ever been in.
Posted on by Mr Nat S
While rooms are basic, you are staying in a historic castle, which is a great experience.
Posted on by Mrs Glenda F
Loved our time at Durham Castle. Staff were lovely: very nice and helpful and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to wander around the facility out of hours as we only stayed one night. Highly recommend.
Posted on by Mr Francisco R
The staff is amazing & the castle as lovely as the city itself
Posted on by Ms Irene M
I got such a kick out of staying at the Castle Keep, and was even delighted to climb the 87 stairs to my room because, hey, it's all part of the experience. Durham University does such a nice job of running this B&B: the rooms and bathrooms are clean, the breakfasts good and varied, and the staff friendly and helpful. Thank-you!
Posted on by Mrs heather S
We loved our stay in Durham Castle. I wish I'd thought to ask about weddings during the time spent there. Although we were not above the grand hall the noise drifted across on what was a warm night. I was glad to be warned of the number of steps to the room and grateful we could leave cases with the porter while we had breakfat. I would definitely recommend staying in the castle to others.
Posted on by Mrs Susanne R
A wonderful experience! Everybody very friendly and helpful.
Posted on by Miss Sally M
Fantastic experience. Warm, friendly staff who could not do enough for us. The breakfast is brilliant, highly recommended. The rooms are lovely. Remember though that this is student accommodation but I was aware of that and had a fantastic time. I even got to park on the Palace Green which was brilliant and a massive bonus. I would definitely recommend and will definitely be returning. Many thanks for a great stay.
Posted on by Ms christine M
Free breakfast, free tour, free parking, free congestion charge - such fantastic value! And the whole experience of staying in a Castle is amazing. Can't praise it enough - the people, the ambience, the Student Bar - all great.
Posted on by Mrs Joy P
The woman who booked us in was extremely helpful and friendly as indeed were all the staff we encountered. The room was lovely with amazing views over the castle grounds and the cathedral beyond. Breakfast was excellent. We'll be back next year without a shadow of a doubt - if not before!
Posted on by Ms Allison S
Everything was brilliant. I loved staying in a world heritage site and everything was so close in this beautiful city. I did not have a room with an ensuite but they are available and loved the fact that I was in one of the highest parts of the Castle so had a fantastic view over Durham. I loved the fact that I had to climb 104 stairs to my room but this may be too much for some people.
Posted on by Prof Menna J
Fun and interesting stay
Posted on by Mrs Marie-Christine G
Lovely to spend time in such a historic building right in the heart of Durham city. Splendid breakfast in the Great Hall too.
Posted on by Dr Megan S
Staff were extremely helpful
Posted on by Mrs cherrylin S
Ideal accommodation in city centre for a couple of nights. Visitors should not be put off by shared showers ect as I never saw one single person in there the whole time I was there and they were wonderfully clean.
Posted on by Mrs Andrea O
To stay in a Castle is really Special. We had a room very high up the Tower, overlooking the whole Location. Breakfast was less than standard and without any service.
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Posted on by Mr Colin A
An interesting stay. Overall excellent for a stay in a castle. It is a stay for people who read the information given and understand how buildings used to be as you cannot tear down walls to make rooms bigger and staicases wider. All the staff were excellent and helpful from receptin to the ladies who did the breakfast which was in the Great Hall which is aweaome.
Posted on by Ms Megan M
A huge thank you to the man who carried our heavy bags up at least 100 stairs. He's a star.
Posted on by Mrs Gail H
Fantastic place to stay - we were in the keep with fab views over Durham. The breakfast was really good and you can drive up and park in front of the cathedral.
Posted on by Mrs Felicity R
an amazing plaace to stay
Posted on by Dr Ann H
Wonderful location and very comfortable room. Just managed the 100+ steps and might try and ask again for a different room.
Posted on by Mr Piero S
Great value for money. Delightful
Posted on by Ms Xiaode C
Staying in such a historical castle is great experience, receptionists were colleague students from Durham U who were very friendly and helpful. Great value of money, will definitely come back and strongly recommend to friends.
Posted on by Mr Tim T
A magical and exciting place to stay. The staff are very helpful. Can't fault a very special experience. It's one of those hidden gems you hope won't get too popular! It will be booked out permanently!
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Posted on by Ms Tara C
Durham uni castle accommodations were great. The mattreses at Ambleside and Goldsmiths were bordering on painful, and I was beginning to worry that they were standard issue for uni rooms. Durham was so comfortable that I booked extra days. Helpful staff and security.
Posted on by Miss Eileen M
I would like to come again although I would like to be able to book a room which did not require quite so many stairs, I was in H block, with 3 lots of stairs the last with a bend which was a little tricky with a case. And the light in the vestibule (outside my room) did not come on sometimes, very tricky to lock door.
Posted on by Miss Helen H
very friendly staff. nice to have free castle tour, parking
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Posted on by Mrs Elizabeth J
Location excellent,within the castle and very close to the cathedral. Accommodation disappointing and poor for tha amount charged. I would not book a room in the castle again.
Posted on by Mrs Pamela B
lovely - bit shocked at the amount of stairs to climb, fine for us but may be a good idea to warn people if they are put in the Keep about all the stairs.
Posted on by Mr Murray S
Fantastic. Could have done with own loo - but it was worth it to sleep in the Castle Keep. Absolutely brilliant.
Posted on by Mr Brian T
Although the showers and lavatories were shared, they were ample in number, were almost new and spotlessly clean. It was quite difficult to close the bedroom doors without letting them slam.
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Posted on by Mrs Victoria C
This was the most astonishing place to spend several nights! The castle was amazing and our room with huge wooden trusses was brilliant! You have to be aware of stairs & make sure you can get your luggage up flights of stairs. It was just lovely and the porters were so friendly and shared great stories about the students and history of the castle. This was our favorite place we stayed by far! The breakfast is served i the great hall with huge portraits of the Deans of the College gracing the walls--Harry Potterish for me--making the experience even more fun. The Durham University library had a marvelous exhibit about the Magna Carta and Durham Cathedral is historically fascinating & worth the price of the tour! We were thrilled to be here!
Posted on by Mrs Katherine I
Fantastic welcome from staff, room comfortable though quite basic.
Posted on by Mr Phillip T
Nice atmosphere. Staff friendly & helpful.
Posted on by Dr Rebecca W
Lovely room and service. The breakfast was very good, but a little cold by the time I got to it at 8.30.
Posted on by Ms CHIA WEN S
It was a great experience with a good money value. Will stay at the castle again if visiting Durham.
Posted on by Mr Stephen H
Great location and value. disappointing view but I wasn't in the room much. Will definitely stay again
Posted on by Mrs Audrey D
Comfortable clean room
Posted on by Mr John W
110/100 i adored the place, the value for money was outstanding totally seduced! In otherwords I liked it a lot!
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Posted on by Ms Mary C
Very helpful staff
Posted on by Miss SUE H
It was a delight to stay in the wonderful and fascinating Durham Castle. So much more character than many hotels which are often very impersonal. Staff in the Porter's Lodge, reception and Great Hall (where breakfast was served) were all friendly and helpful. Also enjoyed the free tour round the castle which was really interesting. Room was spotlessly clean with everything you needed. It was a bit of a hike up to the room, as it was on the third floor in the keep, but I'm reasonably fit so not too much of a problem.
Posted on by Mr Herbert S
Very nice atmosphere, very clean rooms. Superb location. Thank you.
Posted on by Mr Stefan C
Excellent as always at the Castle.
Posted on by Ms Katherine H
what a fab place to stay! Will stay again if I am in Durham again!
Posted on by Mrs Christine R
Wonderful - highly recommend staying here!
Posted on by Mr Bruce A
Anyone who wants to stay in a stunning Castle and Cathedral setting will not find anywhere better than Durham for the experience of a lifetime!
Posted on by Mr David T
Exceptional views of the great cathedral, awesome breakfast, immensely satisfying 'real castle' experience. Very knowledgeable and helpful Durham castle reception. Easy to use University Rooms website, with helpful University Rooms email support (although address is hard to obtain). Cautionary tale that Durham Castle reservation support should be coordinated to point back to University Rooms when amendment and change requests involve University Rooms booking. Overall experience and value were excellent. Historic town, and exceptional views.
Posted on by Mr Angel F
It's an experience to sleep in the castle. Furthermore, it is located in the city center and just in front of the cathedral. I definitely recommend it.
Posted on by Mr Jonathan K
Superb. Everything just right. Better than I expected. Especially the parking. That was fantastic. Thanks guys.
Posted on by Mrs Anne M
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Lots of stairs to climb but we had been warned!
Posted on by Miss Joanna M
Ignore the breakfast comment - I missed it. I thought it would be til 9.00am. I work at Christ Church Oxford in the Conference office and we use University Rooms and do B&B. I was most impressed with yours and have gone back with a couple of ideas for improvements in our rooms! Very freindly staff and staying with you added to a wonderful day - going to the wedding of close friends. Durham is a magical place, and attending the Wedding Reception at St Chads and staying in the Castle Keep overnight with coffee on the Green next to the Cathedral the following morning was the icing on the cake!
Posted on by Mr David K
I brought my grandson who couldn't believe we were staying in a real castle! The experience lived up to all expectations:- now my wife insists I bring her!
Posted on by Ms Dorothy D
We found the whole experience fantastic, brilliant location, friendly staff and especially enjoyed breakfast in the great hall. The stairs could be a challenge for some people perhaps.
Posted on by Ms Linda S
Just an outstanding experience from start to finish. The staff was very helpful and the accomodations were excellent.
Posted on by Mr Derek L
Excellent location for the Cathedral and city centre
Posted on by Ms Charlene F
Loved it..even the steps...ha ha
Posted on by Dr Frances C
Staying in the castle keep and having breakfast in the great hall was a marvellous experience, although I could have done without 106 steps up to my room. Thankfully I am a fairly fit OAP! I was disappointed not to have any internet access. I understand the reasons for the lack of WiFi but I was not offered or told about the ethernet access which is available in every room.
Posted on by Ms Georgia B
Amazing building. Not luxurious , but lovely experience to stay in a castle and great value for money. Would have been great if breakfast was served slightly earlier, as had to catch an early bus each day. Also disappointed that I was not allowed to use the laundry facilities. But would happily stay again.
Posted on by Mrs Anna M
It was just right for our purpose and we enjoyed our stay.
Posted on by Mr Alan C
Staying at the castle was a very nice experience!
Posted on by Mr Richard G
What a fantastic setting for a weekend away.
Posted on by Mr Ian C
Absolutely fantastic, still surprised at the price.
Posted on by Mrs Christine B
Direcions were not quite clear enough ( the right turn to castle up the cobbled street was not mentioned) The experience was otherwise delightful.
Posted on by Ms Mary G
The only comment I would add is that WiFi access would be useful for those of us staying there for business rather than holiday. In room J32 it would be useful to have heavier or lined curtains as when the security lights outside come on the room was very bright. Overall I enjoyed my experience of staying in the Castle and the staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely (and laready have) reccomend it to other people.
Posted on by Mr Jonathan D
What an amazing place to stay, what a great deal! I stayed two nights, for very little money, while visiting a friend studying at Durham University. The castle, library, and the fantastic Durham Cathedral are all on the main plateau in the center of town. We took the official castle tour, led by an extremely informative and knowledgable archeology grad student; looked in the amazing Norman Chapel, where there was an exhibit of Cairene tapestries going on; and ate (insitutional food, nothing great) in the Hogwarts-esque Great Hall. The residence hosts and the porters were very obliging about looking after my bicycle for me-much appreciated, as the room where I was staying in the keep was up more than enough stairs. (Alas, given Norman defensive architecture and the murky weather, there wasn't really a view-and that in an extremely scenic and gorgeous town.) The only thing missing is internet service, although the practical difficulties of making that happen are obvious. I was able to get online in the library next door to the castle.
Posted on by Mrs Melanie H
Lovely room 124 floors to climb, alright for me and my husband, but if you have problems with walking not achievable. Great Room, Great views
Posted on by Ms Rosemary D
Everything good quality - impressed by the Fair Trade, no Nestle and efforts at recycling. As Durham is on many levels a better map or directions would be a great help. Staff helpfully provided this when I 'phoned but easier if it was on the website.
Posted on by Ms Gillian W
A thoroughly enjoyable stay and excellent value. A comfortable room and impressive breakfast.
Posted on by Ms sue G
very high standard of welcome, hospitality and an excellent room. Only minor quibble is that the hot elements of the breakfast - porage, bacon, egg etc - were tepid and could have been warmer. Will book again when next in the area.
Posted on by Mrs Janet B
A brilliant place to stay - at the heart of the community and my room was well positioned, despite the 121 steps to access it. I am now fitter than I was at the beginning of the week!
Posted on by Mrs Elizabeth J
Having never stayed in university accommodation before we were delighted with what we found and would use it again.
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Posted on by Mr John D
Friendly staff (even after they have climbed all those stairs) and nice rooms
Posted on by Dr Martin O
Extremely friendly & helpful staff. The guided tour was a great extra benefit. 126 stairs to the rooms were challenging - but worth it for the views etc.
Posted on by Mrs Gill M
All staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
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Posted on by Prof Anne M
Staff were extremely helpful. When I mentioned that only 3 of us were checking in, having booked for 4, they immediately offered us a refund for the 4th person, which I had not even considered. All the staff greeted us with smiles and went the 'extra mile', making our stay even better. Thank you!
Posted on by Ms Menke V
The atmosphere at the Castle and the proximity to the Cathedral were much better than I expected. The room was rather monastic though. And the stairs were a challenge!
Posted on by Mr stephen T
I was very happy with my stay and will hopefully be staying again the next time I visit Durham, I will be recommending you to my family and friends. Thank you
Posted on by Mrs michele S
very interesting and pleasant experience Would not mind being a student there !!!!
Posted on by Ms Larainne R
We just loved our stay in the castle - even the 127 stairs up to our room did not put us off -a good way to work of the sumptuous breakfast. Breakfast in the great hall was like being a student at Hogwartz. The person at reception when we checked in, Charles, was fantastic. He even carried my very heavy bag up all those stairs to our room. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience we won't forget.
Posted on by Mrs Maja U
I expected somwhat anonymous and austere students lodgings and was very pleasantly surprised when everything was quite comfortable and well thought-out.
Posted on by Mr Jonathan D
What an affordable opportunity to stay in a 13th century castle. Well recommended
Posted on by Mr NIGEL B
I've just returned from my first stay at the castle and can say without hesitation that the castle will be my first choice for my next visit to Durham. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful.
Posted on by Mr Stephen R
Exellent. I will bring the family next time. Thank you
Posted on by Mr John W
Convenient way of booking. Great stay, friendly staff & a unique building. A pleausre, thank-you.
Posted on by Miss Katya M
Fab, slight mix up over booking but the room was great as was the breakfast in the Great Hall full of interesting guests. The reception staff were friendly and helpful - lovely. The room was warm, plenty of biscuits, shower was down the hall - but it was big, clean and powerful with the best view!
Posted on by Ms Linda B
Fantastic value for money, enjoyed my stay!
Posted on by Mrs susan G
Everything to do with our visit to Durham University was excellent, the room was far better than I expected and the reception staff were absolutely fabulous, so knowledgeable, informative and helpful...could not have been better. Thank you a wonderful experience....hope my daughter will be accepted both to the Uni and to University College!
Posted on by Mr Rikin P
This is such a beautiful Castle! The walk up from the station was pleasant, and allowed me to see a bit of the town for the first time. IThe final revelation of the Castle in my journey was breathtaking. I really did splendour the occasion! And that was topped of f by a very warm welcome by the staff on arrival. The room was comfortable, clean, and well decorated (I was in the upper reach). The view from my room was nice and overlooked the courtyard. The showers were hot and clean, and the toilets were likewise clean as well. I would definitely come back here!
Posted on by Mr John H
Staying in Durham castle was unbeatable for historic atmosphere. As previous visitors noted on the website, it's worth being aware in advance that there are lots of stairs to climb (and no lift), if, like me, your room is on the top floor of the castle tower. Great views. I wore ear plugs from second night because of the sound of the cathedral bells ringing every quarter hour across the green. Super tour of castle included. Thank you.
Posted on by Mrs Shelagh P
The young man that checked me in was top notch. My husband had needed to contact me from Canada, and the message was given to me in a very timely manner, and with great consideration to my husband's needs. This was so very much appreciated by both my husband and myself. All of the staff were wonderful, and the accommodation terrific. I would return without hesitation. Thank you for the experience!
Posted on by Mrs Elspeth W
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it. The tour and finding out about the history of the castle was very interesting.
Posted on by Mrs christine R
a lovely overall experience, gorgeous location and view from the bedroom window
Posted on by Mr Colin T
From my room high in the castle keep I looked out over the bailey and towards the Great Hall (surely the north of England's most stupendous breakfast room). The atmosphere of the past is all pervasive : it is impossible not to be touched by the magic of the place. But at the same time the needs and comforts of the present day traveller/visitor are more than well supplied. My little room was warm and comfortable, well appointed and quiet. So for two nights, this Englishman's home was indeed a castle.
Posted on by Mr Clifford C
For me the character of staying in the castle beats a Hotel every time and the staff were friendly and helpful.
Posted on by Mrs Lesley B
Excellent service from Reception staff - friendly & extremely helpful. Room looked as if had just been refurbished - very clean & comfortable. Liked the floor covering on the Castle stairs too! Much improved on my last stay in 2010.
Posted on by Mr Robin J
A very enjoyable stay !
Posted on by Mrs Lorna O
An enjoyable stay....
Posted on by Mrs mary N
enjoyed my 3 night stay - would definately come again. The views from my window were worth the 126 steps up to my room (even carrying a tuba up twice!)
Posted on by Mrs anne H
had a leak in room and it was sorted straight awy.Staff fantastic
Posted on by Mr Grahame D
On arrival I was a little worried because I didn't have the extension lead I'd asked for. I had to ask at the Porters' Lodge for one and they kindly obliged. So big thanks to them. I had a very pleasant stay and would recommend it to others.
Posted on by Mrs Marion D
More than a hotel stay - a great experience !
Posted on by Ms Emily G
It was great! Thanks!
Posted on by Miss Joanna F
It might be helpful if there was a warning about the number of stairs - I counted 140 up to my room, which was a lot!
Posted on by Mr jeffrey G
a very enjoyable few days in a comfortable setting, Thank you.
Posted on by Dr John T
A wonderful location,very helpful staff, a well-appointed room and excellent location, choice and presentation for breakfast.
Posted on by Mr S J C
Excellent service and facilities.
Posted on by Dr Alison W
Rooms were small and stylish with a iPod dock being an unexpected bonus. We were at the top of the Keep, 5 flights of stairs up, but you get that in a castle. Breakfast was in the Great Hall and it was good.
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