Durham Cathedral

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The Chapter Office
The College
Durham City
County Durham
DH1 3EH

Tel: +44 0191 386 4266

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
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

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • carolinewolverson
    Cottingham, United Kingdom
    Wonderful architecture
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th September 2019
    Plenty of friendly and helpful volunteers on hand to give additional information. Really lovely building. Particularly enjoyed the ww1 memorial area. Read full review
  • ken069
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Worth a day
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th September 2019
    So much to do and see. The open treasury was varied and engaging. The cafe provided tasty refreshments and the cathedral gardens were a delight. Read full review
  • mgsnorwich
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Excellent morning's activities
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th September 2019
    Standing proud across Durham's peninsula, The Cathedral dominates Durham's skyline. Arrive from the market place and, as you progress up Owen Gate, the full glory of the building is revealed... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Access Information

Opening Times

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

* The cathedral is normally open from 7.30am to 6pm, but is open until 8pm from 1-5 July and from 22 July to 26 August 2019. 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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Friday, 29th November 2019 - Friday, 29th November 2019

Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

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Thursday, 12th December 2019 - Thursday, 12th December 2019

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Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

The Choral Pilgrimage 2019: Durham Cathedral:Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. 19:30
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Monday, 7th October 2019 - Saturday, 18th January 2020

Mapping The World: Durham CathedralAn exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum experience, showcasing the exquisite and extraordinary maps, charts and atlases in the Durham Cathedral Library collections, including early maps of Durham.
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

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Sunday, 10th November 2019 - Sunday, 10th November 2019

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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

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Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

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Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Wednesday, 9th October 2019

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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

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Sunday, 15th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

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Tuesday, 17th December 2019 - Tuesday, 17th December 2019

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Thursday, 19th December 2019 - Thursday, 19th December 2019

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Sunday, 22nd December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

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Tuesday, 24th December 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

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Tuesday, 31st December 2019 - Tuesday, 31st December 2019

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Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Wednesday, 4th December 2019

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Monday, 21st October 2019 - Monday, 21st October 2019

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