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, and see where Marvel Studios shot scenes from Avengers: Endgame.
Open Treasure is a world-class museum enabling 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 UK as the story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.
Groups can enjoy either a guided tour which lasts about one hour, or a free-flow unguided visit with a self-guide leaflet each available in 12 different languages. Further focus tours and talks are also available for more specialist interests, such as Architecture, Stained Glass Windows, Embroidery & Textiles, Woodcarvings, the Cathedral Library or Pilgrimages, plus selected behind the scenes tours. For a truly unique experience, a private organ recital can be arranged in the Quire, the heart of the Cathedral. Pilgrimage and Church groups also have the option of a private service in a Chapel for reflection after their visit.
Lunch or refreshments can be taken on an individual basis in the Undercroft Restaurant or together as a group in the medieval Prior’s Hall, which was formally the Prior’s dining room when the Cathedral was a Monastery.
Visitor will also be able to see Durham Cathedral in LEGO®, an incredible model with almost 300,000 LEGO bricks. This is on display in the Undercroft Foyer, just off the medieval Cloister, opposite the Cathedral Shop which stocks a range of books, gifts and local souvenirs to complete the day. Another option is to climb the 325 steps of the central tower for magnificent views of Durham and the river below.
Evening group visits can also be scheduled after-hours, to explore the Cathedral when it is closed to the public and can include private evening dining in the Undercroft Restaurant, or a drinks reception in the Cloister.
For further information please see https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us/group-visits or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
- Access Statement - Most of the Cathedral is accessible, however as an historic building there are some uneven floors and certain areas are limited. Wheelchairs are available on request. Assistance dogs welcome. If you need any extra help or advice please let us know in advance.
- Groups: Lunch Catered For - On site Undercroft Restaurant on individual basis Prior’s Hall for private group catering. On-Site shop – Cathedral Shop. Dietary requirements catered for.
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking Offsite - There is free coach parking at the City Coach Park (Postcode DH1 1SQ) as there is no parking at the Cathedral, and no coach access. Durham County Council provide a public Cathedral Bus Shuttle Service from the Coach Park and the Market Place to the Cathedral. An all-day ticket can be purchased on board. For timetable information please see www.durham.gov.uk
- Groups: Max Group Size - 200
- Groups: Min Group Size - Minimum group 10 - subject to discussion.
Travel & Trade
- Groups: Average Length of Visit - 1-2 hours.
- Groups: Booking Essential
- Groups: Concessions for Coach Driver, Group Organiser, Tour Guide or Group Supervisor(s)
- Groups: Discounts Available - Discounted packages and bespoke arrangements. Discounted entry to Open Treasure Museum.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Groups are requested to pre-book, Group Visiting Times: Monday–Saturday Cathedral 0930-1700/Open Treasure 1000-1700; Sunday – Cathedral 1300-1500/Open Treasure 1230-1700.
The group rate is £5 pp for 12 or more people for either a free-flow visit or a guided visit, or £10 pp for a discounted joint ticket for the Cathedral & Open Treasure. Smaller groups can be arranged to suit as required. Selected activities, focus tours and behind the scenes for additional supplement.