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Durham Cathedral

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The Chapter Office
The College
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 386 4266

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Durham Cathedral

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Admission to the CathedralFree
Open Treasure: Adults£7.50 per ticket type

The Chapter of Durham is committed to providing free entry for all. When you visit, please donate as generously as you can so that free entry can remain. We suggest a donation of £3 per person.
Admission to Open Treasure: Adults: £7.50, children aged 5-18: £2.50


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Recent Reviews:

  • Robert W
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Sight seeing
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 20th July 2017
    2000 years of history well worth a tour of this beutifull building and the relics that's it looks after Read full review
  • Greg_OC1985
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Breathtaking Cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 20th July 2017
    I am a regular visitor to Durham Cathedral, it is quite simply one of my favourite places in the world. It is a grand and imposing on the landscape, however with an amazing tranquility once you are... Read full review
  • julebean67
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Don't miss this cathedral!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 20th July 2017
    This is the most amazing cathedral I've ever visited - great example of medieval architecture melded with more modern changes. The tour guide was amazing (I forgot his name), and he was extremely... Read full review



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Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 18:00

* The Cathedral is open for worship and private prayer between 0730 and 0930 Monday to Saturday; 0745 and 1230 on Sunday. Occasionally because of a special service or event full access to whole of the Cathedral may be restricted. Please contact the Cathedral Office if you wish to visit on a particular day, especially when travelling far.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A1(M). From the A1(M) take the A690 to Durham city centre. 3 Park and Ride facilities within the city.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Durham Station. From the station go into the city centre and follow the signs for the cathedral or take the Cathedral Bus (every 20 minutes until 1730 - please ring for times 0870 608 2608).

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Thursday, 14th December 2017 - Thursday, 14th December 2017

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Saturday, 19th August 2017 - Saturday, 19th August 2017

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