University College, or Castle as it is affectionately known, is the oldest college of Durham University, founded in 1832, and located in a Norman fortress. It is a vibrant community of students and staff: undergraduates, from home and abroad (the JCR), postgraduates (the MCR), and members of University staff, visiting Fellows and people from the City and region (the SCR).
Durham Castle is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is a working castle and the home to over 100 students. The Castle is only open some afternoons in term time, and is closed occasionally for private events in the vacations. Telephone the Porters' Lodge (0191-334-3800) to enquire about a tour. The Castle is available for wedding receptions, banquets and conferences (telephone Event Durham, 0800-28-99-70), and bed and breakfast accommodation (telephone 0191-33-44-106).