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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Easily one of the best cathedrals in the Country

This is a stunning place, and one I never fail to visit when I travel to the area. Entry is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Andy F
Top Cathedral - not lavish, but appropriate

Lots of history, brilliant setting, some renovation going on, but enjoyed the climb up to the tower... read more

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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 a stunning place, and one I never fail to visit when I travel to the area. Entry is free, but it's worth putting your hand in your pocket to help with the upkeep of such a beautiful building - there are fees to...More

Thank Andy F
Reviewed yesterday

Lots of history, brilliant setting, some renovation going on, but enjoyed the climb up to the tower and roof. Great setting, well worth a visit.

Thank bigtykedog
Reviewed 2 days ago

This large Cathedral is free to enter but a donation of £3 is recommended. There is a 'No Photos' rule but I managed to take one as did many others. There was a fair bit of building work taking place towards the altar when we...More

Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you go to Durham and do not visit the Cathedral ( whatever your own personal religion ) you are missing out on one of the world's great landmarks. It is a time capsule all of its own.

Thank pauln690
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely Cathedral worth popping into when you're in Durham. Lego model of the cathedral is impressive. There is a shop and cafe and you can pay extra to visit the special exhibitions within the cathedral. Free admittance just to have a look at the main...More

Thank Hotelreviewchick
Reviewed 2 days ago

Allow a half day to take in all this magnificent Christian edifice has to offer. As an historian I was particularly interested in the Dark Age connections with Cuthbert and Bede. There is much to see and take in and excellent cafe on site allows...More

Thank martinhH5865RD
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We hadn't been to the cathedral for three or four years, but we were excited to hear that there is a new exhibition about St Cuthbert. It is astonishing. Cuthbert's coffin is an incredible piece of work, protected by carvings of five archangels and carried...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My son and I spent some time looking around Durham Cathedral, first time for him, and it's a special place. We both went to the Open Treasures exhibition costing £7 each and felt this vastly over priced! I don't know how they justify that price...More

Thank FLC244
Reviewed 3 days ago

it is some 46 years when I lasted visited and was lucky enough to sing at the cathedral. we had a lovely welcome at the front door and were than surprised to find there was no fixed charge and left to a donation. everything about...More

Thank rebandy1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place to spend an hour learning the history and seeing what an enormous building this is. We went to Evansong for 25 minutes and enjoyed the choir.

Thank ceg51
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26 July 2017|
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Response from brian1112222015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
28 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.
25 August 2016|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding is just around the top of one tower so doesn't spoil the Cathedral too much really worth a visit