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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 Treasures: 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 Treasures: Adults: £7.50, children aged 5-18: £2.50


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Recent Reviews:

  • Simon M
    Whaley Bridge
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Ancient and Moving
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 1st December 2016
    One of our most stunning ancient cathedrals. Working in Durham this week and attended Evensong. A truly deep and memorable experience. To take part in a service that has its roots in early... Read full review
  • Michelle G
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 29th November 2016
    DURHAM cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals this country has to offer , when the sun catches the stone on the walls it illuminates . It stands proudly on the mount of the city skirted by... Read full review
  • Heronsview
    Sechelt, Canada
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful stained glass windows
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th November 2016
    Visited during a stay in Durham. Nice not to be charged to tour around. Docents were friendly and knowledgeable. Many spectacular stained glass windows. Interesting history to the cathedral and... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant seating 80

Access Information

Opening Times

2016 (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)
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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Sunday, 18th December 2016 - Sunday, 18th December 2016

Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Durham Cathedral Watch as the lights on the magnificent 20 feet tall Norwegian spruce are switched on. The Clergy and Choir then process to the West End of the Cathedral where the Crib is blessed. This service is particularly suitable for children.
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Friday, 23rd December 2016 - Friday, 23rd December 2016

Durham Cathedral : Carols for ChildrenA traditional 30 minute carol service for families. An opportunity for children and their parents/carers to come to the Cathedral to sing well-known Christmas Carols with the Cathedral Choristers.
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Sunday, 11th December 2016 - Sunday, 11th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: St Cuthbert's Hospice Light up a Life Carol ServiceThe winter season can be a poignant time for those missing a friend or a loved one. Why not light up the life of someone by making a donation to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in their memory? 6:30pm
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Thursday, 22nd December 2016 - Thursday, 22nd December 2016

Saturday, 24th December 2016 - Saturday, 24th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols All are welcome to our traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City. These services are a highlight of the Advent and Christmas season.
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Saturday, 10th December 2016 - Saturday, 10th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Christmas With Cathedral ChoirEnjoy a festive concert of Christmas carols and seasonal music in a candlelit Cathedral. A chance to hear both the girl and the boy choristers sing together along with the gentlemen of the Choir.
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Monday, 12th December 2016 - Monday, 12th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Family Fun - Make and Take Traditional TimesLet the past inspire you as we move into the festive season. Make a range of traditional craft s and festive recipes while unearthing the folklore surrounding them.
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Saturday, 5th November 2016 - Saturday, 11th February 2017

Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral - Textiles: Painting With the NeedleFeaturing some of the exquisite textiles within the Cathedral's collections, this display will include medieval silks, the early 17th-century embroidered 'Arabella Stuart' Bible, and a selection of vestments and church needlework. Contemporary textiles will be explored through the work of our...
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Wednesday, 14th December 2016 - Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: G4 Christmas by CandlelightMake this Christmas a “G4 Christmas”! Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting... Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric "Christmas By Candlelight” show across the UK in...
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Saturday, 28th January 2017 - Saturday, 28th January 2017

Durham Cathedral - Defiant Requiem: Verdi at TerezínHear the story of Jewish prisoners during WW2 who performed Verdi as a statement of defiance. Includes performance of Verdi’s oratorio and video testimony from surviving members of the choir.
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Tuesday, 20th December 2016 - Tuesday, 20th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Comedians and CarolsCome and enjoy festive comedy and carols in the magnificent Durham Cathedral.
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Wednesday, 7th December 2016 - Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Friends of Durham Cathedral Christmas ConcertEnjoy an evening of Christmas music in support of the Friends of Durham Cathedral.
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Thursday, 8th December 2016 - Thursday, 8th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Make and Take - Christmas Tag and WrapWant to get into the Christmas spirit? Join us to make your own Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags. Learn various techniques such as printing and embossing to make and take unique tags and wrap.
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Saturday, 10th December 2016 - Saturday, 10th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Make and Take - Floral Christmas WreathsJoin an experienced florist to design and create your own floral door wreath or table centre. Learn how to add those extra touches to make your wreath extra special!
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Thursday, 15th December 2016 - Thursday, 15th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: The Chorister School Carol ServiceThe Chorister School's end of term Carol Service takes place in Durham Cathedral and is an opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choristers and the Galilee Choir sing seasonal music.
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Friday, 27th January 2017 - Friday, 27th January 2017

Durham Cathedral: Holocaust Memorial Day, Talks and WorkshopThis year the Cathedral welcomes Ruth Barnett, born Ruth Michaelis in 1935 in Berlin, Germany. In 1939, aged four, Ruth and her seven year-old brother arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport.
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Thursday, 15th December 2016 - Thursday, 15th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Make and Take - Alternative Christmas WreathsWant to make a Christmas wreath that is just that little bit different? Join local artist Wendy Stoker from ‘MADE in England’ to create your own unique and contemporary take on this traditional decoration.
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Thursday, 2nd February 2017 - Thursday, 2nd February 2017

Durham Cathedral - Special Service: Sung Eucharist for CandlemassCandlemas is known as the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and commemorates an early stage in Jesus’ life. As Jesus is brought into the Temple, Simone, who had been promised that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah.
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Friday, 6th January 2017 - Friday, 6th January 2017

Durham Cathedral - Special Service: Sung Eucharist for EpiphanyEpiphany, from the Greek ‘epiphaneia’ meaning ‘manifestation’, celebrates the revelation of the Magi (Three Kings) after Jesus’ birth, and his physical manifestation as the Son of God. Join us for Sung Eucharist at which gifts representing gold, frankincense and myrrh (traditionally the gifts...
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Sunday, 22nd January 2017 - Sunday, 22nd January 2017

Durham Cathedral - Epiphany Procession with CarolsTowards the end of the Epiphany season (which lasts until Candlemas on 2 February) the Cathedral holds an Epiphany Procession, which begins with the Cathedral Choir processing, as the Magi (Three Kings) did, ‘from the East’.
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Thursday, 15th December 2016 - Thursday, 15th December 2016

Monday, 19th December 2016 - Monday, 19th December 2016

Durham Cathedral: Family Fun - On a Starry NightHear the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, and then make and take a Christmas decoration that you can take home as a reminder of your visit.
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Saturday, 24th December 2016 - Saturday, 24th December 2016

Durham Cathedral - Special Service: Midnight EucharistCelebrate the birth of Christ through music, prayer and Holy Communion, as Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day. This is a most joyful celebration of the Eucharist and all are welcome to attend. Sung by the gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir with invited ladies voices.
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Sunday, 25th December 2016 - Sunday, 25th December 2016

Durham Cathedral - Christmas Day ServicesCHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES 8.00am – Holy Communion 10.00am – Matins 11.15am – Sung Eucharist 3.30pm – Evensong All are welcome to celebrate the birth of Christ.
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Saturday, 31st December 2016 - Saturday, 31st December 2016

Durham Cathedral - Durham Churches Together New Year's Eve ServiceJoin with the churches of Durham and gather for a service of reflection on the past, of thanksgiving for the blessings of God in the present and of hope for the year to come. You are invited to gather in Durham Market Place at 6.00pm with lanterns and process to the Cathedral for 6.30pm.
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Monday, 30th January 2017 - Monday, 30th January 2017

Durham Cathedral - Friends of Durham Cathedral Lecture SeriesDr Lynda Rollason – ‘Visitor orientation: guided tours and information boards in medieval churches?’ Tickets: Free for Friends (£5 non-members) available on the door.
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Sunday, 2nd July 2017 - Monday, 20th November 2017

Durham Cathedral - The Butte de Warlencourt Battlefield CrossesFollowing the Battle of the Somme, three battlefield crosses were erected on top of a chalk hill called the Butte de Warlencourt. They were made in memory of the soldiers of the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions Durham Light Infantry who had died there in November 1916.
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Wednesday, 1st November 2017 - Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Durham Cathedral - Places of Pilgrimage – An Exhibition of the Artwork of Ian Scott MassieFrom traditional pilgrimage sites such as Durham and Canterbury to the landscapes of Yorkshire, Ian Scott Massie seeks to portray what draws people to places of pilgrimage, reflecting the character and personality of these places through his artwork.
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Sunday, 18th December 2016 - Sunday, 18th December 2016

Durham Cathedral - Special Service – Lighting of the Tree and blessing of the Crib Watch as the lights on the magnificent 20 feet tall Norwegian spruce are switched on. The Clergy and Choir then process to the West End of the Cathedral where the Crib is blessed. This service is particularly suitable for children.  
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