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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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stunning view

We visited durham cathedral with our two grandchildren and son in law and i must admit we were... read more

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terence h
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Nice cathedral, city spoiled by rubbish

Yes Durham Cathedral is a fine example of Norman/Romanesque architecture but it needs a good clean... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Will N
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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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
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The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
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+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed today

We visited durham cathedral with our two grandchildren and son in law and i must admit we were pleased we went.The cathedral itself was stunning and when you think how they were able to build such a wonderful structure so long ago is mind boggling.The...More

Thank terence h
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Reviewed yesterday

Yes Durham Cathedral is a fine example of Norman/Romanesque architecture but it needs a good clean and to us didn't have the 'wow' factor of Ely or Exeter. What was most disappointing was Durham itself, litter all over the place and the cobbled streets covered...More

Thank Will N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the Cathedral and had a terrific visit.Saw the Lego exhibition made up of the Cathedral in all its glory. Visited the tomb of St Cuthbert and looked round the other sites within the Cathedral. Free to visit and ask if you wish to donate...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic cathedral both exterior and interior are filled with history. Peaceful and beautiful. Staff was always available to help and clarify.

Thank Ana M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are 2 parts to the cathedral - the building itself (free entry) and an exhibition in the former monastery kitchen (£7.50). The main building is spectacular, but I think there were a few too many staff who were apparently there to stop anyone taking...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Words can't begin to describe this cathedral. It is on such a massive scale. Somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time and I was not disappointed. It was refreshing to visit a great church without turnstiles, queues and entrance fees. Just helpful...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Library of Durham University will present a program starting in June 2018 on the Scottish prisoners that were imprisoned in the Durham Cathedral for a number of months. 150 of them were sentenced as prisoners of war to 7 years involuntary servitude in Massachusetts....More

Thank Marianne T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shame that you can’t take photos. Numerous stewards who we found very helpful. I wouldn’t call the cathedral beautiful but it is magnificent, imposing etc and well worth a trip.

Thank exeman
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and awe inspiring building. Lovely restaurant and shop as well as clean toilets also. Stewards were lovely and very helpful and knowledgable. I loved the back packs children borrow free of charge that are full of activities to keep them busy and to learn...More

Thank Tracyanne B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful inside. Can’t take pictures but the stewards are nice and answer all your questions. There’s a lot to see. There’s also a gift shop inside and a cafeteria with great cakes. :-)

Thank Helder F
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Jayne W
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Response from Graham P | Reviewed this property |
You can keep it with you but am sure they would look after it if you so wish
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I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
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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.
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