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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Durham City - Half a church of God half castle against the Scot
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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. 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. Entrance to Durham Cathedral is free, with donations invited. Charges apply to group tours, public tours and Open Treasure.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed yesterday

only trouble is the parking no where to park for disabled. There is quite a lot of building work around the catherdral

Thank sdw354
Reviewed yesterday

Whilst we were lucky with roadside parking and thought the guides were fantastic, with their guidance and knowledge, the 'exhibits' were a big disappointment. The exception was the riverside walk, if people could find it. The illumination of the cathedral was boring..as was much of...More

Thank Derek L
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited Durham for the Lumiere 5 years ago and enjoyed it. The cathedral was especially beautiful and bearing this in mind I brought 17 adults to enjoy the show this year. What a let down. I do not mind queing for an hour in...More

Thank jeanann1485
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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 photographic record to call on....More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 flashing white lights on the roof and the...More

Thank Merv Jam Bear B
Reviewed 3 days ago

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.

Thank 917tbone
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Cathedral is awesome and very historic. We could not take photos inside, but we very much enjoyed the Cathedral and its history.

Thank GADawgGa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I love Durham cathedral and have visited it many times - it is definately a 5 star attraction. I visited the Open Treasure for the first time today and would honestly say that I found it very disappointing and totally overrated. The monks quarters and...More

Thank Travelingjohn123
Reviewed 5 days ago

The building always amazes me, its a real sanctuary. My special place is the Durham Light Infantry Chapel, so calming.

Thank jill p
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate sandwiches before bed time, chicken to be precise. We had to be quiet incase we woke up the monks. Sometimes, there was an excessive amount of chirping from the birds near the bell tower, but that didn't excuse the fact it was AN...More

Thank Jess R
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Jayne W
2 November 2017|
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Response from Jasonworsley | Reviewed this property |
You don’t need to store it just don’t take photographs
26 July 2017|
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Response from brian1112222015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
28 October 2016|
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Response from Maggid62 | Reviewed this property |
The Cathedral opens early for worship (about 7.45) you can go in during this time. The building is open until 6pm. Open Treasure (the new exhibition) opens at 10 and has last entry at 4pm. Hope this helps.