Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Durham Cathedral welcomes non-flash visitor photography. We have been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. We rely on donations, and we suggest you give £3 per person to support the Cathedral's future. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Built in 1093, the Cathedral is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK. These spectacular spaces house Open Treasure, a world-class visitor experience which reveals the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections through temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors of all ages. Charges apply to group tours, public tours and Open Treasure.
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Paul B
Thirsk, UK885 contributions
Jan 2023
This is a truly amazing building. We spent all day in here! Some of the extra time we took was possibly because my partner happens to be blind and there were many things that I had to read to her. We were there on Holocaust day and the special exhibit for that was very moving. I recommend getting the printed guide from the desk as that also has lots of useful information in it.

My partner particularly liked the tactile model of the cathedral as this gave her more idea of the size of the building and allowed her to orientate herself with where different parts of the cathedral were.

The staff in the cathedral were also very helpful and we had a very enjoyable visit.
Written 30 January 2023
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reneeandbabyming
Lincs161 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
A wonderful Cathedral guided tour. Very informative and historically significant.

A big thank you to Margret Potter for her excellent insights and knowledge.
Written 31 December 2022
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Kay
Greater London, UK49 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We visited last time three years ago, so we were very keen to come back on our visit up North. Such a large and magnificent cathedral, you always discover something new. The stained glass windows are magnificent and the Christmas tree looked beautiful with its simple decoration. I spent some time reading about the history of the Durham Light Infantry. May 2023 bring peace and an end to all wars in the world!
Written 29 December 2022
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Travelstyle
London, UK3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Took the kids and they loved it, very impressive and a great way to see this historic town such an incredible place
Written 24 December 2022
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Ferenc M
United Kingdom992 contributions
Dec 2022
This is an absolute must see. Worth coming to Durham just for this and the place. cant say any more, just amazing
Written 19 December 2022
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Ellis B
9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
No words enough to describe this stunning magical place. Wonderful historically, unique atmosphere, very well kept and friendly staff around. Honest price. Plus, good spot of interest for all the Harry Potter fans!
Written 15 December 2022
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Joules
Alora, Spain4 contributions
Aug 2022
They don't allow dogs in so my husband had to go in separately but it was well worth it. Lots of history.
Written 11 December 2022
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debatt2014
Harlow, UK70 contributions
Dec 2022
Fantastic place to visit. Plenty of knowledgeable staff on hand to answer any questions. There is also a museum but it is an extra charge. There is a cafe but we didn't use it on this visit.
Written 7 December 2022
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Tom B
Chesterfield, UK526 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We had a great afternoon at Durham Cathedral. If you like amazing architecture and construction, religion, history and a cafe it's for you.
Just the windows alone are worth it from ancient to modern.
Built in 40 years in the 1100's with hand tools and manual labour it's stupendous.
Entry let's be clear is free, but it's fair enough to say they do like a donation of the recommended £5 , fair I would say and well worth it and this historic building consumes a huge budget to conserve, you can see craftsmen and women engaged in this as you walk round. The route inside funnels you past a donation desk but you do not have to pay and there are other donation points inside where you can just drop what you want in a box or make a card donation.
The Cathedral is a wonder the volunteers are very knowledgeable and happy to pass on the history of the building.
The carving in stone and wood is a wonder.
The Undercroft cafe is very good and recommended.
Written 2 December 2022
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Jayden D
3 contributions
Oct 2022
A beautiful cathedral on the inside and out, stunning architecture and a great place to visit as a harry potter fan!
Written 1 December 2022
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