**Durham Cathedral remains open for private prayer and quiet reflection during second national lockdown. During this next phase of national lockdown, Durham Cathedral is to remain open for private prayer and quiet reflection, with daily worship taking place online via its Facebook page The Cathedral will be open for this purpose between Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-3pm. As was the case during the first national lockdown, members of the public will have the opportunity to light candles for loved ones during their visit if they wish. The Shrine of St Cuthbert will remain open as a place for private prayer and reflection.
From Thursday 5 November, there will be no public worship inside the Cathedral and the Undercroft Restaurant, Cathedral Shop, Cloister and toilets will close until 2 December, in line with the latest government guidance. Durham Cathedral is joining in with a national call to prayer at 6pm each evening by tolling a single bell for one minute for the period of this national lockdown**
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 Undercroft, now home to the award-winning Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
The cathedral's Open Treasure museum, temporarily closed, is an award-winning interactive museum taking visitors through 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, also temporarily closed, is 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.
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|Admission suggestion||£3.00 per ticket type|
Although Durham Cathedral does not charge an admission fee, it depends on donations from visitors to remain open. Please donate £3 per person if you are able to support Durham Cathedral's future.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good1223
- bassnigeMinehead, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesCharmingTuesday, 27th October 2020What a peaceful place. Oozing with history and charm. Charging is optional and very reasonable. Could charge more. Lovely cakes and coffee in the cafe. Not to be missed. Read full review
- OscarwildetimeLeeds, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesStunningFriday, 30th October 2020Whilst the town is lovely the star of the shoe is the Cathedral. Had a lovely time and enjoyed the splendour and beauty. Read full review
- 494NickMBerkshire, United KingdomLovely cathedralSaturday, 31st October 2020Lovely cathedral in the center of Durham over looking the town and has great views. Nice tour guide and shop. 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
|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|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).