Durham Cathedral

The long awaited re-opening of Durham Cathedral’s Central Tower is welcome news for visitors who have been waiting eagerly to climb the tower to enjoy the stunning unrivalled views across Durham City and beyond.

Towards the end of 2018 the tower project entered the final stages of its £1.9 million refurbishment, with final masonry work followed by the start of the unwrapping of the Cathedral Tower, along with repairs to the lead roof and the installation of a new visitor platform.

The first stage of the unveiling of the 66 metre high construct will be the removal of the remaining protective scaffold sheeting, which has protected the restorative work from the elements. Followed by the removal of the scaffold (weather permitting) as early as March 2019.

Work will then begin on repairing the lead roof and the installation of the new viewing deck. The final stage will be the removal of the lift that has been on the exterior of the tower throughout the work. Which means that visitors will once again be able to access the tower in 2019 with a grand re-opening celebration. It will be fantastic to see the stunning vista we all know and love return, safe in the knowledge that the restoration work has ensured future generations will be able to enjoy the majestic Durham Cathedral.