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89% would recommend it to a friend
Unique location at best price
Great location, clean and neat rooms.
Very good breakfast.
Best view in Durham.
Such an atmospheric setting. Lots of steps to the room so you need to be used to climbing steps. Keeps you fit.
An excellent stay.
Would visit again.
Get what you pay for
A very basic shower prone to flooding.
No tv, radio tempermental but hey you are in a castle and enjoy the experience.
A rather special place to stay.
I was glad that I only had a small suitcase, as there are no lifts. I counted 106 steps between the front door and my room in the castle keep. Tasty breakfast in the Great Hall. Relatively early check-out (10 am), but this meant that I had time for the Castle Tour.
Just waking up opposite the beautiful cathedral and being in the castle was such an amazing experiece I loved it.
There's no lifts, and I was at the very top but this adds to the fun. No wifi, but your staying in a castle so who cares. There's no televisions in the rooms either but again it doesn't matter. Clean nice shared bathroom. You do feel like your renting a students room while they're not at uni a little but it's just a very lovely place. Clean and warm and a fabulous experience. Bring ear plugs, walls are really thin between rooms.
an excellent stay in the castle
Unique B&B opportunity
I very much enjoyed my stay at Durham Castle--how often do you have the opportunity to overnight in a castle keep.
On the downside, there are many many steps involved to ascend to the rooms (about which they do give prominent notice). I strained my back a bit, hauling my suitcase up the stairs. I would not recommend this accommodation to anyone in poor physical condition; on the other hand, I found it absolutely worth the effort. The breakfasts in the Great Hall were wonderful--excellent food and the opportunity to meet other interesting people staying there--not surprisingly, many of them are history buffs also!!
Durham Castle University lodging
We stayed in the building called "The Keep".
My husband and I stayed in the double ensuite room, and our daughter stayed in one of the single rooms with shared bath. Both rooms were comfortable and very clean, and suited our needs perfectly. at the time we visited (mid September), there were hardly any other guests there, so my daughter pretty much had the bathroom to herself. The rate included a breakfast buffet served in the Great Hall. The breakfast was not cooked to order, however they did offer quite a variety of hot and cold foods, and you can't beat the location.
Durham is a beautiful city, and has a nice small town feel when walking around the market square. Everyone that we encountered at the castle and the cathedral, and in town was very nice. We even got a free tour of the castle (included in our room rate). Durham Castle is quite stunning, as well. We arrived by train, and although the castle is a relatively short walk from the train station, it is rather hilly. I would recommend taking the bus from the train station if you are traveling with luggage. The bus drops you off directly at the castle.
The only other thing that I will mention is that there is no elevator, so if you have trouble with steps, this wouldn't be a good place. We enjoyed our stay, and would definitely return again!
Room itself quite basic.
Wonderful, atmospheric location fully compensated for shortcomings in actual accommodation. Breakfast food OK but again, dining in Hall was a great experience. Went on an excellent tour of the Castle after breakfast led by a witty and knowledgeable post-graduate student and this beautifully completed a memorable stay.