Durham Castle Chapels

Hexham Abbey a place of worship since AD674

Durham Castle Chapels

Durham Castle
Palace Green
County Durham

0191 3344116


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.

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Type Entry for Guide price
(Guided Tours)
per ticket

Dates & times for Durham Castle Chapels, Durham

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


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Durham Castle Chapels

County Durham

0191 3344116