**Visitors can once again take in the wonderful sights of the medieval Cloister, a famous Harry Potter filming location, sample some delicious treats from the Undercroft Restaurant and shop until your heart is content in the Cathedral Shop.
The Cathedral opening times are 10am - 4pm Mon to Sat and 1pm - 4pm Sunday. The Cloister, restaurant, shop and toilets will be open 12 noon-4pm daily, while the cathedral’s Nave is open to visitors Monday to Saturday 10am-12 noon and 1pm-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm. The Shrine of St Cuthbert is also open 1pm-4pm daily, from Sat 12 Sept. this changes to 10am - 4pm. Please note that while the cathedral is closed for cleaning from 12 noon-1pm, the cloister will be accessible via a one-way system. At this time, the Central Tower, Open Treasure museum and the Cathedral Library remain closed. There are no guided tours taking place.**
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.
Durham Cathedral's central tower - where visitors can conquer the 325 steps and enjoy unrivalled views over historic Durham City and surrounding countryside. Visitors can also get a close up look at the recently-completed restoration work.
The Cathedral is currently open for private worship and prayer only. The cathedral’s toilet facilities, Open Treasure museum, Central Tower, restaurant and shop, as well as the Cloister currently remain closed. Please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us for up-to-date information.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Admission suggestion||£3.00 per ticket type|
|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
Admission: Suggested donation £3.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good1217
- AvrilmannDurham, United KingdomDisappointing visitWednesday, 16th September 2020Sadly, Durham Cathedral has lost its atmosphere. The piles of chairs could be put somewhere else & the one-way system is restricting & untidy. My friend & I have visited many times while on holiday... Read full review
- HockeyDude62Sleaford, United KingdomAmazing BuildingWednesday, 16th September 2020Free entry whereby just a small donation is requested. The building is really beautiful and makes a dramatic sight when first seen. Couldn't go up the 365 steps to the tower but then because of... Read full review
- jacquid111Snarestone, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesStunning Cathedral with great staffThursday, 17th September 2020Thrilled that we could visit the Cathedral which was stunning. The information provided was informative and the staff helpful and informative. Great building and the cloisters are amazing. Well... Read full review
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|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:30||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:30||- 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
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).