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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Must see the cathedral when in Durham

This is unusual because it is a romanesque style cathedral instead of the usual gothic ones. It's a... read more

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London, United Kingdom
You must do this if you're in Durham!

You can't go to Durham without visiting the beautiful Cathedral. If you can manage the (100+) steep... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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

This is unusual because it is a romanesque style cathedral instead of the usual gothic ones. It's a very impressive sight, though the tower is being worked on, so the top is covered in plastic at the moment. It is so amazingly old and original....More

Thank busyor
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can't go to Durham without visiting the beautiful Cathedral. If you can manage the (100+) steep stairs up, it's worth the climb to the top to lookout across the City. It's magnificent!

Thank FlyingHamilton
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After a great chat with the kind ladies in the Heritage information center (perfect service) I had a look around the Cathedral. Free entry, but the upkeep is done very well and it was a great experience. The walk around the river has some amazing...More

Thank Claudia v
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Popped in for a tour but unfortunately none were running! Loved the stained glass windows Wondering how the place is heated as quite warm inside.

Thank Yorkshire1245
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited for the xmas markets. Stunning place with a good cafe and gift shop. Durham council put on a free taxi service for the elderly to be taken to the cathedral from the town centre. Its a shame that the one parent who was going...More

Thank 770clairet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

An incredible achievement for 1093, it is still standing and free to visit. You can marvel at the vaulting and be impressed by the history but in the end it is still a working church. They have the balance just right.

Thank Jonathan F
Reviewed 6 days ago

The cathedral is a truly amazing building. Definitely recommend one of the guided tours, so informative. All the staff/volunteers were so friendly and helpful.

Thank NicknElaine
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited Durham Cathedral in about 1955 as a 10 year old. I was awe struck with the magnificence of the whole building. I lived away for 35 years but visited the Cathedral at least twice a year. I am still a regular visitor...More

Thank Valerie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

what a stunningly beautiful place, truly amazed how something so intricate could have been built so long ago, well worth the visit, highly recommend

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must! The shear size of the building, the history, the events that have occurred since its construction in 995.

Thank Steve W
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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.