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. Find the perfect gift in the Cathedral Shop, and take a break with a tasty treat or light lunch in the Undercroft Restaurant..
Enjoy a guided tour of Durham Cathedral Museum to discover the cathedral's remarkable stories and objects. The behind-the-scenes tour takes you through Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular monastic spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the octagonal Great Kitchen, and is the only opportunity to meet the treasures of St Cuthbert.
Durham Cathedral's central tower, is where visitors can conquer the 325 steps and enjoy unrivalled views over historic Durham City and surrounding countryside. Get a close up look at the recently restored stonework on the top of the tower.
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Although Durham Cathedral does not charge an admission fee, it depends on donations from visitors to remain open. Please donate £5 per person if you are able to support Durham Cathedral's future.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2022
- Very Good1257
- annieS2021Newport, United KingdomWorth it just to see the rose windowMonday, 20th June 2022Wonderful to see and wander round. No obligation to rush. Because of the queuing / system on entry we were advised it was free to look round but that there was an optional recommended donation of... Read full review
- unicartSofia, Bulgariamagical placeTuesday, 21st June 2022Incredibly beautiful architecture. Exquisite stained glass. The view is fantastic. You can spend hours in silent contemplation. Read full review
- vrp242Comox, CanadaLoved this ancient cathedralSunday, 26th June 2022This Normal cathedral is beautiful and has such a spiritual atmosphere. The massive columns and Norman arches are so interesting, as are the tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Has a... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp / Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- 2m distancing in place
- Capacity limit
- Clear signage
- Contactless payment possible
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- Face mask essential (not provided)
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Hygiene screens in place
- One way system
- Open now
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Event Venue
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
|2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
|Monday - Saturday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Outside of these times, the cathedral is also open for public services. Find details at https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/worship-music/regular-services
Sometimes repair work, a special event or service means that access to all or parts of the cathedral may be limited. Knowing that many people often travel from a distance to visit, the cathedral tries to minimise these times and includes information for people planning their visit at the bottom of this page: https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us/opening-times. You can also contact the visitor desk at Durham Cathedral on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 338 7178.
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).