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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Wonderfully Serene Visit

Durham Cathedral was an absolutely beautiful, serene visit. There are several guides to give you... read more

Reviewed today
Jenny E
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Stunning Cathedral

One of the oldest and best Cathedrals in the UK, the grounds are small and well maintained but the... 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed today

Durham Cathedral was an absolutely beautiful, serene visit. There are several guides to give you information. This is the second visit we've made and will certainly go again when in the North East.

Thank Jenny E
Reviewed yesterday

One of the oldest and best Cathedrals in the UK, the grounds are small and well maintained but the building itself is stunning, well worth a donation and a visit inside the stain-glass windows are a marvel.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were very fortunate when we visited this beautiful historical building to experience both the choristers rehearsing and also a choral ensemble this made our visit all the more special.

Thank DarloBob
Reviewed yesterday

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of England. it sits grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with the medieval city huddled below, and the river seems to cuddle both the Cathedral and the Castle it seems to be the same...More

Thank james k
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You need to see with your eyes to expiriance the vibe in and out of this magnificent cathedral. One of the oldest that there is in the world and it's location on the top of the hill with endless small roads that connects you to...More

Thank belsonkobi
Reviewed 2 days ago

Brilliant exhibition!! It was well worth the visit and the staff were very helpful. The Cathedral is also well worth a visit.

Thank nicholasholmes88
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a guide and I thoroughly recommend this. They are all volunteers and know their stuff.The catherdal dates back to William the Conquerorand has original sandstone columns.The Quire is carved from Oak. When you see it you will be amazed - especially if you...More

Thank GregJK
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a very intriguing place, in the old days it used to be known as a 'sanctuary' where people could find shelter and be safe. Its history is incredible and it is a must see place if you visit Durham. Totally biased here as...More

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The interior of the cathedral is really beautiful. The shrine if St Cuthbert is very ornate. There is a good shop and cafe.

Thank DINKEtravellers
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have lived near Durham all my life and the Cathedral never ceases to take my breath away. It is an amazing place and definately worth a visit.

Thank wharriers
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Hi. I'm visiting overnight in the city. I'd love to go to the Cathedral with my 10yr old Granddaughter. What are the visiting times and the last time for enterance please. .Thankyou so muck, Julie
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.
I had lanned to visit the Cathedral next week however a friend who lives in that area has told me that there is a lot of scaffolding on the outside of the building which completely spoils the view of the building. Having read some of the recent reviews on T.A. no-one seems to have mentioned this, is the scaffolding still in place? Many thanks,Fiona
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
Hi, what time did you go there on Sunday and which parts in particular are not open during services? Thanks.
15 August 2016|
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Response from pharika t | Reviewed this property |
I went there around 4 p.m. on Sunday. And I can enter the main building during the services. You can stand at the back of the hall quietly or go to cathedral shop through a small door on the right side.