Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
12:00 PM - 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
About
Explore Durham Cathedral, part of Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the resting places of iconic Northern saints St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede as pilgrims have done for 1000 years, and discover the cathedral’s history as a place of faith, art and remembrance. Look up to see stained glass windows and pause by the County Durham miners and local regiment memorials. Step into the cathedral’s museum to see the treasures of St Cuthbert on display in the spaces previously part of Durham’s medieval Benedictine monastery. No admission charge. If you are able, please consider donating £5 tosupport the cathedral’s future
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    We visited it with our friends from Australia but for us it was third visit. Our friend has Australian disabled badge (which he used previously in a few places in England) so my husband contacted the Cathedral, explained the situation and we were allowed to use the carpark in front of the Cathedral. He was told about "clean air" area in the centre of Durham so we paid a small fee prior our arrival. When we walked toward the entry we saw huge amount of children in various school uniforms leaving the Cathedral. We did ask what is going on and we were told that the schools from all around areas are celebrating end of school year and the next schools will celebrate from 1-3pm. So we paid entry fee/donation of £5 each and walked around and when the pupils arrived we used it for a break in the restaurant. My husband and our friend contemplated to go up to the tower (my husband been last year; it's excellent view from the top) but then decided 300 stairs are too much this time. There is also Museum in the cathedral well worth to visit. It's beautiful place with lot's of history, craftmanship, beautiful arts and great place to pray.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • IanC54
    Axbridge, United Kingdom225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Spiritual Place In Northern England
    Being a non religious person felt spiritually moved by this immense monument to the worship of Christ. The place feels somewhere that common people would worship. Very few icons, lots of memorials to the ordinary people of County Durham, the Miners and those of the DLI who gives their lives in both World Wars, No feeling of High Church like Wells, York, Canterbury etc. Great setting on loop high above the river in the old part of the City. Lovely place to walk and wander around and visit when illuminated. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Eivlid
    Stavanger, Norway344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral. Last year I visited Lindisfarne and learned about St. Cuthbert. Cuthbert was a monk, Bishop and hermit on the island of Lindisfarne. It was a beautiful cathedral. Next time I will spend more time there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
  • CJA6161
    Cornwall, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see here.
    Leave plenty of time as there is so much here. Resting place of Saints Cuthbert, Oswald and the Venerable Bede. The archaeological exhibition (£7.50) is well worth a visit and on the lower level has the artefacts from St Cuthberts coffin (amazing that they are 1300 years old!). We had fun trying to find the pillar Thor hid behind in Thor the Dark World and checked out the cloister seen in Harry Potter. Unfortunately we ran out of time to see the Chapter House, Harry Potter's classroom I understand. Lovely memorial for the Durham Light Infantry and also one for coal miners. Donations for entry (£5 expected)
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • T Smith
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gaia at Durham Cathedral
    I went to see the Gaia installation, having previously seen the moon by the same artist there. Gaia is as beautiful, it rotates slowly so that you can stand in one spot and watch the world go by. Donations are accepted but it is possible to go in for free. Photography is allowed. I recommend also looking around the Cathedral and taking time to look up at the ceilings. The cafe sells hot and cold food and drinks, but the prices are quite high for the quality of the food. I visited mid week, there was a long cafe queue. It would probably be easier to walk into Durham and eat at one of the cafes there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Hillary S
    Wigan, United Kingdom240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the World!
    Revisiting the cathedral after over thirty years and still impressive but had a lovely additional surprise - the World was visiting! The orb has been travelling around the country and I had missed it at Liverpool Cathedral so was so pleased to see it this time. The Undercroft is a spacious cafe next to the cathedral shop. All fresh home cooking which you want to sample all - so much choice.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • PaulB
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent cathedral
    Spent the day at your beautiful cathedral with my family and parents. Your cathedral and my experience of my time there was nothing short of magnificent. The warmth of welcome that my parents and myself received was befitting of a building such as Durham Cathedral. Entry is free but donations are encouraged. Unlike many other cathedrals where an admission fee is put on the door. My parents were particularly interested in visiting the museum so we purchased tickets for all of us and our three children went free into it. The gentleman behind the desk with the beard and bald head could not of been more welcoming. I did not catch his name but his personality and passion for his job shone through. My children were entertained by him at the visitor desk as he informed them all about Harry Potter which our middle child is obsessed with. It was extremely busy but he made sure our children knew exactly where to find everything connected with the film. This guy is a credit to your cathedral. The volunteers made sure that we were looked after in the museum as well. An extremely enjoyable afternoon was had by all my family and the children’s crafts made a nice break from all the walking around. Well done to everyone at the cathedral.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Andrea
    Lancaster District, United Kingdom120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's worth a visit.
    Lovely place. We just walked around the grounds & a small part of the cathedral as we didn't have time. Entrance fee is a £5 donation. Beautiful architecture/ engineering and the grounds are lovely to walk around too.v
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Beverley L
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Really lovely cathedral. Free of charge although donations welcome. The stained glass windows are just amazing and there are lots of people on hand to give information. There is a real atmosphere and sense of peace here . We were lucky to be there when the world from outer space was also there .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Ann W
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St Cuthbert
    Resting place of St Cuthbert and St Bede. Unusual architecture and currently the home of the Gaia Earth exhibit. Also used as filming location for Harry Potter and Avengers Endgame. Didn’t spend too long there but well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
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Teresa711
Durham, UK291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This world heritage site is a must. The more you look around the more you are genuinely amazed at such an awesome building. It’s a go see.
Written June 9, 2024
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Vio Danila
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Amazing city . What if I tell you that a part of the Harry Potter movie was made at Durham Cathedral? Imagine the happiness of your kids if you travel with them ..
The closed airport is Newcastle.. or Edinburgh and from there 1 hr 45 min by train.. this give you the opportunity to visit 2 amazing cities
Written June 8, 2024
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crazysquares
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Interesting enough place. The "suggested £5 donation" felt more like it wasn't really optional at all though when faced with the stoney faced folk on the entry desk. Why are folk at entry to churches always so miserable looking I wonder?
Anyway I paid them £5, but it then transpired that for this location at least (in the cafe too) "god" does not accept AMEX. How odd, most kirks need all the cash they can get, why so picky. I did query why "god" seemed averse to AMEX, but that seemed to push the humour possibilities too far.
Written June 7, 2024
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Jan T
Selby District, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Lots to do in the cathedral
Factor different costs for the tours available
Cafe worth visiting not badly priced
Shop inside with lots of gifts
Written June 6, 2024
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Matthew O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
One of the most impressive building I’ve ever seen. The absolute scale and size of the cathedral is something that should be seen.
Written June 6, 2024
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JR_Essex
Chelmsford, UK569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very enjoyable visit to Durham Cathedral. The Cathedral itself is stunning and we enjoyed wandering around and studying the displays and reading the various graphic panels with detailed information. We opted also to visit the museum, for which there is a charge of £7-50 per person, which we thought was quite reasonable. Although not large the museum was very interesting. Note entry to the Cathedral is free of charge although there is a suggested donation of £5. After our visit we enjoyed a coffee and a cake in the lovely café.
We are not particularly religious but whatever your faith a visit to Durham Cathedral is very worthwhile.
Written May 30, 2024
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Steve Buckley
London, UK8,855 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
My wife and myself are currently visiting County Durham staying at the lovely Walworth Castle (Review to follow) and earlier today we visited Durham Cathedral.

This was top of our visit list but - after having made the suggested £5 per person visit donations- although we enjoyed the time spent at the Cathedral we also found it a little disappointing (ie when compared with a number of other English Cathedrals - notably Winchester)!
Written May 20, 2024
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miriam1964
Shetland Islands, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had a lovely visit to this iconic Cathedral, it was a special afternoon. The building is beautiful, easy to find and access and the cafe was lovely.
Written May 20, 2024
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mariandyelb
Leighton Buzzard, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was amazing, the glass windows are amazing, if you like textiles then this is for you some batik hangings and alter clothes. The glass windows span the centuries with some stunning modern ones. The Guides were fantastic helpful, kind, informative and very visible wearing purple robes. The Cathedral it self is awe inspiring. In the exhibition there's lots of touchy feely things for children to do some exhibits even smell like a medieval kitchen . Part of the exhibition is air locked as it's so precious . Everything is easily accessible for individuals in wheelchairs, my husband is visually impaired and he loved it, there was even a model of the cathedral for him to feel. The cafe was lovely, enormous cheese scones and a great cup of tea. As a bonus there is bus from the railway station to the cathedral which runs every 20 minutes approximately it even stops in the centre of town. In our opinion much, much better experience than York Minster
Written May 18, 2024
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Melissa L
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I real gem. The surrounding building and castle make this a stunning place to visit. Once you have climbed the steep incline. The cathedral has lots of purple robbed guides dotted around. All eager to point out areas of interest with interesting stories The stained windows range from Victorian to very modern and are stunning
Definitely go see it you get the chance. Oh and Durham is a lively lively smaller city to wander around
Written May 16, 2024
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