West Courtyard Refurbishment

Added Monday 5th June 2017

The West Courtyard Appeal 

Transforming the West Courtyard Café


This year we are embarking on a vital project to transform the West Courtyard into a versatile café space, creating a relaxed place for members of College to meet, talk and socialise.

We also plan to make use of the space outside the West Courtyard, between the JCR Common Room and the West Terrace.    

In previous years, the Castle Society, The Trust, and our alumni have been pivotal in supporting developments in College, including the initial work on the courtyard in 1983, and many improvements in the fabric of the Castle.

We now need to raise £140,000 for the West Courtyard, and we would be grateful for any contribution, great or small, towards this appeal! Your contribution would be enormously appreciated by every member of the College, now and in the future.    


Artist impression of the external courtyard between the West Terrace and the JCR Common Room


This is a much-needed renovation, which will positively change the atmosphere of the West Courtyard and enable the better use of the space, which is currently underutilised due to its poor condition. 




The current courtyard:




These spaces have a lot of potential! 




For more information about the project please contact


We are fundraising towards this project and would appreciate any level of donation. Please follow the link to contribute to this project.






Durham Castle Society

Durham University