Open Treasure is an award-winning museum which guides visitors through some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen. Suitable for all ages, discover 2000 years of history and explore some of the best-preserved medieval monastic buildings in the UK as the story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.
The journey begins in the magnificent Monks’ Dormitory, which boasts one of the best-preserved medieval oak-beamed ceilings in the UK, with a series of interactive exhibitions and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Discover the fascinating and often turbulent history of Christianity in North East England, from the life of St Cuthbert to the Reformation.
The Open Treasure experience continues in the new state-of-the-art Collections Gallery, which houses curious treasures from the cathedral’s collections and loaned objects from other institutions as part of an ever-changing exhibition programme.
Continue to the Great Kitchen, one of only two surviving medieval monastic kitchens in the UK. This spectacular space houses the Treasures of St Cuthbert, including his pectoral cross, ivory comb, coffin and portable altar.
The Pilgrim’s Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to leave their own mark on history, before exiting the Open Treasure experience via the Covey and returning to the medieval Cloister at the heart of the Cathedral’s medieval precinct.
By opening up public access to the Cathedral’s collections and most spectacular architectural spaces, Open Treasure inspires visitors of all ages to see Durham Cathedral in a new light.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||£7.50 per ticket type|
|Children (5-16)||£2.50 per ticket type|
|Concessions||£6.00 per ticket type|
Children under 5 free.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good1221
- PhysicalDaveAbbots langleyTrip Type:CouplesAmazing Cathedral VisitSaturday, 24th October 2020We did a tour of this brilliant Norman cathedral after our Durham walking tour. We were astounded by just what a fab cathedral it is. A few areas were shut due to Coronavirus but we got see all we... Read full review
- DKandtheMadDogChorley, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyAwe-inspiringSaturday, 24th October 2020Awe-inspiring cathedral. Beautiful architecture with wonderful carvings. Gorgeous stain glass windows & clock. The Lego model is also well worth seeing. Read full review
- B7152FJpeterwSouthend-on-Sea, United KingdomVisit to CathedralMonday, 26th October 2020I went to the Cathedral during a visit to Durham, entry is free. There is some impressive stained glass and architecture, there is also a lego model of the Cathedral. There is a fairly steep climb... Read full review
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|Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Open daily 1000-1700, Monday to Saturday (last admission 1600), 12:30-17:00 Sunday (last admission 1600).