Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium, inspiring all who come. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and spectacular location at the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site. It is also the resting place of the Venerable Bede.
Highlights include the twelfth-century Galilee Chapel with its original medieval wall paintings, the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave, and the stunning Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. Don’t miss the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films, or the Western Undercroft, now home to the award-winning Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
Open Treasure is a new world-class exhibition route which is transforming public access to some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen. Journey through some of the most remarkable medieval monastic buildings in the British Isles as the story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Admission to the Cathedral||Free|
|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
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good854
- AleseekerNorwich, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesOutstanding CathedralWednesday, 24th May 2017This is probably one of the best Cathedrals you'll ever visit ( and entrance is free). Allow plenty of time to appreciate the marvellous architecture and read all the fascinating history. Read full review
- poodle2000HoustonBeautiful inside and outsideWednesday, 24th May 2017The cathedral is the best building in town and usually featured in an guide book photo of Durham. Don't miss the view from the river which is amazing. It is very nice inside but no photos are... Read full review
- HelenCopestakeSutton Coldfield, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSpectacular Cathedral and very good open Treasure exhibition.Tuesday, 23rd May 2017Cathedral is huge with plenty to see inside and a paid exhibition (£7.50) that is very well presented, although it is awaiting St Cuthbert's Treasure which will be housed there from ? Mid July. Lots... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:30||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:30||- 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
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).