Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and stunning stained glass. Sitting proudly above the historic city below, Durham Cathedral and Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the first to be designated.

Stroll through the Galilee Chapel with its medieval wall paintings, past the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave as the stunning Rose Window comes in to view. Head out in to the medieval cloister to get a different perspective as you look up at the towers from inside the Cathedral. It’s not hard to see why author Bill Bryson wrote that it is “The best cathedral on Planet Earth.”

Durham Cathedral is also the resting place of the Venerable Bede, and now an exciting new augmented reality app brings his story to life’ to ‘Venerable Bede. Download the England’s Originals augmented reality app to bring his story to life and discover hidden spaces within the cathedral. Discover the earliest stirrings of recorded English history as you meet Bede and experience a rare glimpse into the enigmatic and scholarly lives of the Benedictine monks.

The cathedral is normally open from 7.30am to 6pm, but is open until 8pm from 1-5 July and from 22 July to 26 August 2019.

Climb the tower

Climbing the Central Tower will quite literally be the high point of your visit to Durham Cathedral. Reopened in June following multi-million pound conservation works to preserve the tower for future generations, take on the 325 steps to be rewarded with unrivalled views across historic Durham City and beyond – the perfect photo opportunity!

Durham Cathedral on screen

Even if it is your first visit to Durham Cathedral, you might get a sense of déjà vu as the stunning building has featured on screen in blockbusters including Avengers: Endgame and the Harry Potter film series.

Open Treasure

For even more of an insight into the fascinating past of one of Britain’s best-loved buildings, visit Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s museum. Enjoy exhibitions and interactive displays that reveal the story of the cathedral and its incredible collections for visitors of all ages. Explore the UK’s best preserved medieval monastic buildings, including spaces such as the 14th century Monks’ Dormitory and the octagonal Great Kitchen..

Start your journey in the magnificent Monks’ Dormitory, where a series of interactive exhibitions and activities can be enjoyed by all ages, and discover the turbulent history of Christianity in North East England. The Collections Gallery hosts fascinating temporary exhibitions which illuminate more of the cathedral’s fascinating stories through its collections and external loans. Marvel at the exquisite Anglo-Saxon Treasures of St Cuthbert in the Great Kitchen, one of only two surviving medieval monastic kitchens in the UK.

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