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.
And from spring 2016, visitors will be able to explore more of the Cathedral than ever before! 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.
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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.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous Visit County Durham Official Partner 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good725
- Richard POxford, England, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesImpressive and very interesting historyMonday, 29th August 2016Well worth spending an hour or so exploring - and it's free. Across the road you can do brass rubbing in the museum too. Read full review
- Diane BNew South Wales, AustraliaTrip Type:CouplesLovely cathedral,very friendly staffSunday, 28th August 2016Lovely cathedral. Cathedral built on a huge scale. It has wonderful stories of history wrapped around it and it was very oatmospheric. Disappointing the Dean has decided no photographs. Very friendly... Read full review
- Stephen CTrip Type:FamilydurhamSunday, 28th August 2016durham is not for the disabled I had a very bad time with hills and cobbeled streets I will not go again Read full review
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Loop for most of the Cathedral.
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print guide books and leaflets, touch and hearing centre.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Designated parking limited so by prior arrangement
- Ramp / Level Access - Not all areas are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant seating 80
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Cathedral events have priority and on occasion there is only limited access to Cathedral.
- Max group size - 100
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- Event Venue
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
|2016 (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)|
|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).
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