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, or the Western Undercroft, now home to the award-winning Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
Open Treasure is a new world-class exhibition route which is transforming public 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 British Isles as the story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Admission to the Cathedral||Free|
|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
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good986
- Al-ShumbaLuton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLarge cathedral in old citySunday, 18th March 2018We visited this cathedral while in Durham. The good thing about it was that it was free entry! If you wish to visit some of the exhibits there was a small charge. There were some interesting stained... Read full review
- dsweddleDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayAbsolutely absorbingSunday, 18th March 2018I have been to the Cathedral several times previously but only to walk around myself or to see some temporary exhibit. This time we took a tour and talk given by a stonemason from the Cathedral... Read full review
- Lynne2262Trip Type:FamilyBeautifulSaturday, 17th March 2018My son is studying theology in Durham so spends time in this beautiful cathedral. Evensong is wonderful Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
|2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:30||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:30||- 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
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).