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.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Admission to the Cathedral||Free|
|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
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good1028
- alec sNew York City, New YorkTrip Type:Friends getawayThe finest example of Norman/Romanesque architecture in EuropeSunday, 15th July 2018The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin is an incredibly beautiful place located on a craggy hill above the River Weir. Perhaps one of the most commanding locations that a church could... Read full review
- JFergoLiverpoolTrip Type:Solo travelstunning cathedral, what i saw of it....Sunday, 15th July 2018a beautiful cathedral this, literally towering over the town, where it can be seen for miles around. Norman in design and built in the 11th century, this has to be one of the great cathedrals. some... Read full review
- ScottishTemplarEdinburgh, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesIncredible CathedralSaturday, 14th July 2018This is a stunning, historic and massive Cathedral. Free to enter and lots to admire in this beautiful place of worship. So much history. When we were here there was a service for Durham’s Miners... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
|2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:30||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:30||- 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
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).