The 11th-century Durham Castle is benefitting from a £5-million refurbishment – and now offers holiday accommodation within its ancient walls.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site in north-east England is home to Durham University’s oldest college and its rooms are available to rent for bed and breakfast during the university’s vacation times. There are now 40 single, twin and double ensuite rooms, newly refurbished and decorated to 4-star standard.
The castle is next to the Norman Durham Cathedral on a prominent hilltop overlooking the small medieval city. The present castle began in 1072 as a simple defensive fortress commissioned by William the Conqueror. For centuries, it was the palace of the Bishops of Durham, who added to the buildings and altered them to suit their needs. Since 1840 it has been wholly occupied by University College.
The University of Durham was founded in 1832 by Bishop Van Mildert and the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral. Guided tours of the castle are also available during university vacations.