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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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Great historical building

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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank Lesley143
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank SapphireGrammaticus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Durham, the Cathedral is a must-do. The body of the cathedral is full of interesting things to see, including the tombs of St Cuthbert and St Bede. The Undercroft restaurant offers really good meals and snacks (try the Sunday roast), and a walk round the picturesque cloisters afterwards is a must. But my 2 favourite things... More 

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Stockton on Tees England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I just love visiting this cathedral. Unlike some you don't have to pay to go in. I'm there quite often and spend money in the cafe which is lovely and they have a well stocked shop too. Very peaceful and spiritual place.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On Monday the 13th of February 2017 I finally made my long awaited visit to see Durham Cathedral. I am a life long student of the arts and studied history and archaeology at university, nevertheless it’s taken 30 years to finally make my way up to the North East to see this remarkable building. It was described by Nikolaus Pevsner... More 

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Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is my first trip to Durham and what a delightful place! The cathedral is at the top of the hill straight up from the town square. It is not a long or difficult walk and can be broken half way up by a visit to the information office. While we were there we watched a ten minute film and... More 

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