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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Durham cathedral is BEAUTIFUL. To walk within its walls is a spiritual experience even if you have no faith. The history is palpable. Glorious flower arrangements. A superb restaurant in the undercroft serves wholesome and reasonably priced food. The gift shop was especially enticing in...More

Thank Stazia18
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the cathedral in the morning before returning in the evening to see the light show at the cathedral, part of the Durham Lumiere. The light show was a poor attempt to displace this magnificent religious house, it caused a fog within the cathedral...More

Thank stewart l
Reviewed 2 days ago

Queued to watch the bell ringing display........the sound of bells illuminating random Cathedral windows....did not hold our interest. Nor the crowd who moved very swiftly in the queue to hopefully better exhibits inside. What a disappointment! Firstly had to enter via torchlight as the Cathedral...More

4  Thank Theresa F
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can absolutely understand why UNESCO value this site. Having previously visited we focused upon the Open Treasure exhibition this time. At £7.50 per adult it isn't cheap but is worth every penny. Our group ranged from 10 days old to late 60s. OK the...More

Thank mudcow
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is not a criticism of our great cathedral, being a local of which I'm very proud. But what a let down this year's Lumiere was. After the brilliant show in 2015 it was so disappointing. We waited for three quarters of an hour to...More

4  Thank john g
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited all previous Lumiere events and have been very impressed,finding the installations interesting, atmospheric and beautiful. Unfortunately the latest effort has fallen far short of the previous high standards. In the past, the castle and cathedral displays have been stand out experiences, but...More

4  Thank susson54
Reviewed 2 days ago

Durham is a fine city with a magnificent cathedral, but the Lumiere was very disappointing and seriously overcrowded.

4  Thank Gurugilly
Reviewed 2 days ago

Love the Cathedral but the Lumiere was so disappointing! Basic white boring lighting up what is a majestic building. Travelled down from Edinburgh having viewed previous photos of the Lumiere at the Cathedral and both my husband and daughter were left underwhelmed!. The walk down...More

3  Thank Janette H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome. But not allowed to take photos inside. I can understand wanting to sell postcards as entry is free with donation. The upkeep would be immense and it's not hard to see the work that is going to required.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I am amazed by the negative comments on this year's Lumiere. We thought that it was definitely the best ever with many imaginative and beautiful installations. The Botanic Gardens provided an immersive experience with installations that ranged from the beautiful and magical to the quirky...More

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Jayne W
1 November 2017|
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Response from Jasonworsley | Reviewed this property |
You don’t need to store it just don’t take photographs
25 July 2017|
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Response from brian1112222015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
27 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.