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 Durham Cathedral Museum (formerly Open Treasure), 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, 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||£5.00 per ticket type|
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
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good1247
- SaraWelWingate, United KingdomAlways a treat to be hereThursday, 7th October 2021When we are in Durham we always call in here, it is very peaceful and gives you a chance to unwind, we have been in here many times Read full review
- Steve-and-AndieLancaster, United KingdomImpressive cathedralThursday, 14th October 2021As cathedral's go, this is one of the best. A warm welcome from staff at the door who direct you round to the reception area. There is no charge to enter but donations are welcome and there is no... Read full review
- AnenneLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHistoric experience with celestial objectsThursday, 14th October 2021My wife and I visited Durham Cathedral during a weekday. The staff were extremely friendly. We loved the Museum of the Moon and the recently added stained glass window (see photos). Highly recommend 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
|2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
|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).