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Durham Cathedral

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The Chapter Office
The College
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 386 4266

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Durham Cathedral

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


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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • Mike S
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Historically amazing
    3 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th November 2017
    Such a historic building and so much to see. It is a real shame that you are not allowed to take photographs inside, in years to come my memory of this cathedral will fade and I will not have a... Read full review
  • Merv Jam Bear B
    Trip Type:
    a light show in the cold
    1 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th November 2017
    the university show was poor and the rest was pretty rubbish the highlight in the Cathedral was the chicken wire light blub (LOL) it took 50mins to get in and it was rubbish filled with smoke and... Read full review
  • 917tbone
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Sight worth to see
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th November 2017
    Definitely a sight need to see. My kids are Harry Potter fans, so I came here to explore this wonderful place on their behalf and promised to bring them over next year. Read full review



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Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 18:00
Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 18:00

* 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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