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Address: The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 191 386 4266
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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Lovely cathederal and well worth the uphill walk on the cobbles. Beautiful interior. Plenty of helpful guides on hand to help with any queries. We were delighted that the choir... read more

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scarboro north yorks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely cathederal and well worth the uphill walk on the cobbles. Beautiful interior. Plenty of helpful guides on hand to help with any queries. We were delighted that the choir was in for a choir practice and we were privelidged to listen. The acoustics in the cathederal provided a wondeful experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great experience for all the family. Children love the story of the knocker on the Cathedral door. Looking at the different patterns on the pillars and the beautiful Rose window.

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Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We totally enjoyed our visit. Allow at least 2 hours to see enough to keep you enthralled! The volunteer guides are superb, helpful and knowledgeable. It is free to get it, but expect to donate..... we need to keep these places going! (e.g. York Minster charge!!) Some mean people were grumbling about having to pay for the visit to the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the cathedral on a day trip from London. This really is a remarkable building that is worth the visit. The stained glass windows are simply spectacular. I am sure the history of the church is very interesting and just wish there was a leaflet available that explained the past and general information about this building. I also wish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family group age range is 8 - 70 yrs. we all were in awe of the experience and the staff were wonderful- a great tourist stop

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A marvellous visit for everyone. The setting is splendid, the history unique, a great example of Norman architecture. There's an added bonus, in that the castle stands on the same site, now part of the university.

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Thank rca1945
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Durham cathedral is a must. For everyone the grand front doors with the famous knocker leading to the grand square of the top of the knave splendid windows the rose window is a dream. The cloaster as and the tea rooms and a good shop full of gifts old and new the access for wheelchairs is very good and always... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

well worth a visit. Guides available and very knowledgeable. Don't bother with the scones in café though! Do go and look at Lego model fascinating.!

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Thank lmy801
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Durham most of my adult life and I'll never bore of Durham Cathedral. I just wish they would consider an entrance charge. Maybe to allow residents of the close postcode entry. Similar to other cathedrals. It's a beautiful place and I'm so proud to call it home

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'm bias with this review but Durham Cathedral is an awesome awesome place. I see this building everyday I go to work and it gives me the gasp factor every time. Not just because it is set in a beautiful place, historic place, a place of culture and leisure, it commands attention, it's an amazing place. Architecturally awesome, historically awesome,... More 

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