Man the battlements at Durham Castle

Dive into the history of northern England at Durham Castle, one of the most ancient buildings in Britain. The earliest surviving parts date back to 1072, when William the Conqueror ordered the construction of the original fortress. Since then, the castle has been used as a military stronghold, a royal palace, and today proudly serves as a college of Durham University.

Art and arms at Durham Castle

Like many castles in Britain, Durham is home to an extensive collection of art. It boasts over 200 paintings, most of them oils, with some engravings and watercolours for good measure. As you walk through the stunning stained glass and architecture, you’ll also be able to see the castle’s large armoury. This includes parliamentarian armour from the English Civil War, a range of Georgian flintlock rifles, and artefacts relating to the Wallsend Volunteer Rifle Corps.

Step back in time at Beamish

After visiting the castle, history buffs might also be interested in Beamish Living Museum. This open-air experience is staffed by costumed actors who bring the period to life, and provide a genuine sense of what life was like in the north of England from the early 19th to early 20th centuries. The museum holds a programme of interesting events, including a Georgian fair and the Great North Festival of Transport. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Durham Castle? Travelodge Durham Hotel is only a 5-minute drive away, and Travelodge Chester-Le-Street Hotel is quarter of an hour to the north.