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Durham Castle Chapels

Durham Castle has two chapels. The Norman Chapel is older than the cathedral. with unusual carvings.

Durham, County Durham

Opening times

Accesible by guided tours only. Tours are usually available between 12 and 3pm from the World Heritage Visitor Centre.


Durham Castle
County Durham

Durham Castle was the original home of the Bishops of Durham, and has two chapels. The first, the Norman Chapel, was built for the first Bishop of Durham in 1178, making it the oldest place of worship on the World Heritage Site. It has unique carvings on its stone pillars, including a mermaid and other mythical beasts. The Tunstall Chapel was built in 1554 by Bishop Tunstall as part of extensive renovations to the castle. The wood panelling was originally in the Bishop's chapel at Bishop Auckland and is notable for several unusual misericords including a pig playing the bagpipes and a man pushing his wife in a wheelbarrow! Other highlights include the fine organ casing (originally in Durham Cathedral) and several works of art. The original portrait of Bishop Tunstall illustrates the history of the Reformation in England, as he was first painted holding rosary beads which were later painted out. The altar front holds some fine Victorian revival angel paintings.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

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