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Address: The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
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+44 191 386 4266
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for...

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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You have got to go if you are in Durham

An awe inspiring Cathedral - words can't describe what you will get from visiting - simply go and experience it for yourself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An awe inspiring Cathedral - words can't describe what you will get from visiting - simply go and experience it for yourself

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning building and lovely to walk around. The guides were all very friendly and keen to entertain our young children by pointing out small statues and the stained glass windows. The cloisters were particularly interesting. Well worth a wonder!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fine example of a cathedral and although I'm not a student of architecture, I can appreciate the intricate craftsmanship of this amazing building. It has wonderful cloisters and is steeped in history, including remnants of the founding fathers of Durham. There is a café, shop and a stunning Lego model of the cathedral, which currently stands at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cathedral is a magnificent building and the recent open treasure exhibition provides an excellent overview of its collection.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A historical building of characture that you really shouldn't miss. Great stained glass windows, and history abounds. Take time and wander through history...

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have visited many churches and cathedrals both in U.K. and abroad It is the first time we have ever (very sternly) been told do not take pictures ! I can't really understand this attitude, people like to have photos to show family or as momentoes of breaks and visits. By all means, have a no flash rule as do... More 

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DurhamCathedral, Marketing Officer at Durham Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Here at Durham Cathedral we pride ourselves on our visitor welcome, and we are very sorry to hear that we fell short of these standards during your visit. Our photography policy is designed to preserve the peace and sanctity of the building, as we believe that those who visit Durham Cathedral to pray or worship... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

never fails to fascinate and amaze, we visit regularly and always take friends and family to tour the cathedral, cloisters and grounds when they come to stay, a photographers dream backdrop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is surely the world's most stunning cathedral. Jaw-dropping from the outside; it is hard to find the words to describe the interior. There is so much history to be discovered here that you could easily spend half a day here if you have the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Exploring Durham Cathedral is a wonderful experience especially if you attend one of the services. Examine the wonderful Norman architecture and marvel at this massive building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to visit the cathedral last week. It had a good cafeteria and shop downstairs. The nave is incredible with enormous zigzagged pillars. The children enjoyed lighting candles at the shrines of St Aidan and Bede. Great stained glass. And its all free, which is incredible when compared to how expensive York Minster and Westminster Abbey are.....

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