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Durham Castle was built by the Normans in 1072, probably on the site of an earlier fortress, to help consolidate their rule in the North of England.  Following rebellions and the consequent, terrible, ‘harrying of the North’ that William the Conqueror unleashed, he established the position of the Prince-Bishop of Durham as the monarch’s representative with far reaching authority, thus creating some of the most powerful and wealthy men in Britain’s history.  The castle was their home and has been a witness to Britain's history ever since.  Ruined in the civil wars of the 17th century, the castle was used as a hospital for Scottish prisoners (many of whom were found buried nearby in 2013), rebuilt after the Restoration of the monarchy and, in 1837, became home to University College, Durham University, which it remains.  Tours are available.

Durham Castle and Cathedral have World Heritage Site status.

Palace Green
County Durham
Post Code
Main Historic Period
Useful Website Address
Opposite Durham Cathedral and a 5 minute walk from the town centre
Primary Management
Educational establishment

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