Durham Cathedral during the autumn season

Planning a visit to Durham City this autumn? A definite must-visit is Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site – home to Durham Cathedral. Regarded as Europe’s finest example of Norman architecture. There’s always something new to discover and enjoy at this much-loved building. 

Couple looking over edge on the top of Durham Cathedral central tower

Climb up the Cathedral's Central Tower 

Climb the 325 steps to the top of the Cathedral’s newly restored Central Tower, to enjoy fabulous views of the city and beyond, as well as to admire the amazing work carried out by the Cathedral’s small in-house team of stonemasons. 

Did you know? You could own a piece of Dutham Cathedral? You could be the proud owner of a piece of history when stones taken from the top of the Cathedral's Central Tower during the recent renovation work go under the hammer at a unique auction on 19 October >>

Family admiring a piece in Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral

Explore Open Treasure 

Spend an hour or two in Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s award-winning museum, with permanent displays and a rolling exhibition programme. Mapping the World opens on Monday 7 October with some extraordinary examples of historic drawings and maps, including a medieval reproduction of a 150AD roman map, a first edition of Ortelius’ Theatre of the World - known as the world’s first modern atlas, and of course, historic maps of Durham City and the county.

People enjoying a guided tour of Durham Cathedral

Guided Cathedral Tours

Take a guided tour of the Cathedral led by an expert volunteer guide. Where you will explore and uncover 1000 years of history inside the Durham Cathedral. See if you can spot the filming locations of big-budget movies including the first two Harry Potter films and Avengers Endgame. 

Choir concert at Durham Cathedral

World-Class Events 

Visitors are always welcome to join in worship at one of the many services that take place each week. And no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find a packed programme of events to enjoy. From concerts, talks, walking tours, special services and even special afternoon tea in Chapter House – the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films. 

what's on at Durham Cathedral this autumn >> 




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