Durham Castle, home of the Prince Bishops for 800 years, is set in the heart of Durham City and part of a World Heritage Site.  The historic atmosphere is ideally suited to weddings, ensuring that your special day is a truly memorable and unique occasion.

Stefanie & Ryan Reid – Married Saturday 26th July 2014

There is no place in the North East that has a better wedding venue then Durham Castle. The Great Hall is breath taking. I’m surprised celebrities aren’t queuing to have their wedding there.  Every single guest commented that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding. The quality was superb.  We stayed in the Bishops suite which is the best room in the castle, what a fantastic room with beautiful furnishings.  It was a day we will never forget because of the venue and staff. Thank you so much for giving us our fairy tale wedding. Love Mr and Mrs Reid.

Making your day special…

The unique settings within the Castle include the Castle Courtyard, featuring the many coats of arms of successive Bishops, with history in every direction – ideal for a welcome drinks reception;  magnificent examples of Norman architecture, including the Norman Arch, a doorway on the Tunstal Gallery – where arrival drinks can be served inside;  the historic grandeur of the Great Hall which was built in 1284 – a magnificent room for your wedding breakfast;  the Bishop Suite with a four-poster bed, and a sitting room with views over the Wear – which is the bridal suite for the night.  We guarantee that there will only be one wedding reception per day.

Durham Castle is only available for weddings in University vacation periods.


  • Capacity: The Great Hall takes from 80 to 200 guests
  • Catering: The staff at the Castle have a wealth of experience in catering for the most prestigious events, ensuring that the quality of food and service will match the unrivalled setting.
  • Bar: The Undercroft Bar lies beneath the Castle’s Great Hall, and retains much of its original 11th century appearance
  • Accommodation: En-suite bedrooms, and standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, are available for wedding guests.


Durham Castle (University College), Palace Green, Durham DH13RW