Durham Cathedral

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The College
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 386 4266

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Durham Cathedral

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Admission to the CathedralFree
Open Treasure: Adults£7.50 per ticket type

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. We suggest a donation of £3 per person.
Admission to Open Treasure: Adults: £7.50, children aged 5-18: £2.50


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Recent Reviews:

  • chrisdyson66
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Durham city
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th December 2018
    Possibly one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with its ancient cathedral with links to Harry Potter, its cobbled streets and photo opportunities around every corner. Not to mention its a... Read full review
  • andcoralie
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A fabulous historical area
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th December 2018
    Although its a bit of a climb, which some might find a little taxing the effort is worthwhile. I am not a church goer but I love looking at historical buildings including church ,cathedrals etc Read full review
  • NeilWirral
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th December 2018
    You cannot go to Durham without a visit to the cathedral. Attended at Christmas time so attended a carol concert and candle lit procession. It is worth checking what is on at any time of the year and... Read full review



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Access Information

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 18:00
2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 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

Road 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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