Durham Cathedral

Cathedral from the Riverbanks
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site with breathtaking Romanesque architecture, exquisite stained glass, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of St Bede. Things to do include climbing the Cathedral Tower, guided tours and special exhibitions. The Cathedral is a busy community offering daily worship, serving the city and diocese of Durham and the North East region. It attracts visitors from all over the world. The Cathedral is open every day 7.30am to 6pm. Entry to the Cathedral Church is free with admission charges applicable to some exhibitions and the Cathedral Tower.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

Everyday from 07.30 until 18.00

Closed: During services and special events, access may be restricted however visitors are welcome to join our congregations during regular services, please check the website before your visit.

Admission charges

Admission charges apply to some exhibitions and the Cathedral tower.

Additional info

The Undercroft Restaurant is open daily between 10.00 and 16.00 for light snacks, meals and refreshemnets.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/durhamphtographicexhibtion

TREASURES OF THE NORTH-DURHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EXHIBTION

  • 29 July — 1 September 2017 *on now

In celebration of the Treasures of St Cuthbert being rehoused in their
permanent home in the monastic Great Kitchen within Open Treasure,
the Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience, Durham Photographic
Society is showcasing places and people in the north

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/durhamphtographicexhibtion

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/an-exhibition-of-prints-by-mary-burton

AN EXHIBITION OF PRINTS BY MARY BURTON

  • 2 September — 29 October 2017

Mary Burton was born in 1945 in New York City. She completed a Doctor
of Ministry in Chicago in 1973, was a parish minister in Congregational
churches in the USA and emigrated to the UK in 1982. She took up
watercolour painting in 1987 and became increasingly absorbed with the
interface between creative and spiritual journeys. Her paintings are a play
on light in spiritual settings.

A selling exhibition.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/an-exhibition-of-prints-by-mary-burton

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/treasures/reformation

TREASURES OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL LIBRARY: REFORMATION

  • 2 September 2017 2-4:30pm

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin
Luther’s Ninety Five Theses and the beginning of the Protestant
Reformation. Take the opportunity to see some of our manuscripts and
early printed books and learn about the impact of the Reformation,
including the dissolution of Durham Priory in 1539 and the establishment
of Durham Cathedral in 1541. This event will take place in the beautiful
surroundings of the Refectory Library – usually closed to visitors.

Admission

Tickets: £5 (£4.50 concessions) available from the Visitor’s Desk at the West End
of Durham Cathedral. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, subject to
availability.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/treasures/reformation

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/naomiblayney

NORTHERN INK - AN EXHIBITION OF PEN AND INK DRAWINGS BY NAOMI BLAYNEY

  • 4 July — 29 August 2017 *on now

Naomi is an artist specialising in pen and inks of landscapes and architecture. Her subjects are often the famous landmarks of the North East and this exhibition promises not to disappoint with new works featuring Durham Cathedral's rose window, Hadrian's Wall and the Tommy sculpture in Seaham.

A preview event will precede the opening of the exhibition. If you would like to attend the preview, please contact theshop@durhamcathedral.co.uk

A selling exhibition.

Admission

A preview event will precede the opening of the exhibition. If you would like to attend the preview, please contact theshop@durhamcathedral.co.uk

A selling exhibition.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/naomiblayney

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/history-walk-august2017

HISTORY WALK AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 9 September 2017 10:30am-12pm

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral’s historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Meet at the Visitor Desk inside the Cathedral. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Admission

Tickets: £3 payable on the day, accompanying children free. Booking essential as
place are limited – contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk or 0191 386 4266 to
reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/history-walk-august2017

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/rendezvous-jazz

RENDEZVOUS JAZZ AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 19 August 2017 7:30-9pm *on now

Join the Friends of Durham Cathedral for an evening of music with Rendezvous Jazz, a local group who play Gospel and Spiritual music as well as jazz.

Admission

Tickets: £10 for Friends of Durham Cathedral (£12 non-members) available from the Friends’ Office 0191 384 5266 friends@durhamcathedral.co.uk, the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266600 or on the door, subject to availability.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/rendezvous-jazz

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/young-curators-taster-day

YOUNG CURATORS' TASTER DAY AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 24 August 2017 1:30-3pm
  • 9 September 2017 10:30am-12pm

Young Curators is an exciting group for young people aged 11-16. Are you interested in finding out how museums put on exhibitions and what happens behind the scenes? Our Young Curators work alongside Cathedral staff and have unique opportunities to explore the new exhibition areas of Durham Cathedral.

You’ll learn how to handle and display objects, interpret the collections, work with local artists and help the Cathedral develop children’s activities. To see what Young Curators will be like, why not come along to one of our ‘Taster Days’?

Admission

A free event – booking is essential. Contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or
call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/young-curators-taster-day

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/experimentaldrawing

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 2 September 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Explore the Cathedral through the medium of drawing. Work alongside
artists and experienced art teachers to produce images in a variety of
different styles. Workshops include a guided tour that focuses on the
contemporary artwork exhibited in the Cathedral as well as basic materials
and equipment. Designated drawing spaces will be available before or after
the workshop to allow for independent drawing.

Admission

Tickets: £45 per person, to include lunch and all materials. Booking is essential –
contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.
DOWNLOAD OUR WHAT'S ON GUIDE

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/experimentaldrawing

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/heritage

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 7 — 10 September 2017

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days, organised by English Heritage,
with free events across the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site
including access to special places usually closed to members of the public.

Thursday 7 September, Saturday 9 September & Sunday 10
September, 2.00pm, World Heritage Site
Enjoy a free tour of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site with an
experienced guide.
Booking is essential – contact the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on
0191 334 3805 or e-mail visitor.centre@durham.ac.uk

Saturday 9 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Allotment Garden,
South Bailey
The allotment garden on the South Bailey, where the Cathedral grows flowers
for display and cultivates plants for the Cathedral grounds, will be open to the
public. The Cathedral gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
A free event – no need to book.

Saturday 9 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm, The Deanery
A unique opportunity to see the rare medieval wall paintings which
decorate the hallway of the Deanery at Durham Cathedral.

Admission

Admission by advanced booking only. Contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk or
call 0191 386 4266 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/heritage

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/benedictine-week-2017

BENEDICTINE WEEK AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 18 — 22 September 2017

Monday 18 September - Friday 22 September

Join us for our annual Benedictine Week, an opportunity to explore in more depth the historical and living tradition of St Benedict, focusing on its expression at Durham Cathedral in the past and present.

Accommodation is available for those who require it at St Chad's College, part of Durham University.

Admission

Download a booking form
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/benedictine-week-2017

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/benedictine-week-2017

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/fine-dining-2017

AN EVENING WITH ANTON EDELMANN AND GERARD BASSET AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 20 October 2017 7-9:30pm

Following a sell-out fine dining experience in October 2016, legendary chef Anton Edelmann and Master Sommelier Gerard Basset will return to the Undercroft Restaurant in October 2017.

Inspired by John Thacker's The Art of Cookery (1758) from the Cathedral's Collections, they will serve up an authentic Georgian three-course dinner with a modern twist!

Admission

To pre-register your interest in this event, please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/fine-dining-2017

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/christmas-durham-cathedral-choir

CHRISTMAS WITH DURHAM CATHEDRAL CHOIR

  • 9 December 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Enjoy a festival concert of Christmas carols and seasonal music in a candlelit Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir is joined by the Reg Vardy Band.

Tickets: £8 - £25 available from the Visitor Desk at the Cathedral between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Saturday (12.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday) in person or by phone 0191 338 7178. Tickets will be available online here very shortly.

A festive three-course pre-concert supper is available in the Undercroft Restaurant for £25, bookable from the Visitor Desk.

A fundraising concert in support of music at Durham Cathedral

Admission

Tickets: £8 - £25 available from the Visitor Desk at the Cathedral between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Saturday (12.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday) in person or by phone 0191 338 7178. Tickets will be available online here very shortly.

A festive three-course pre-concert supper is available in the Undercroft Restaurant for £25, bookable from the Visitor Desk.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/christmas-durham-cathedral-choir

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/ian-anderson-jethro-tull

IAN ANDERSON PLAYS THE CHRISTMAS JETHRO TULL AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 14 December 2017 7:30-9pm

Ian Anderson brings his Christmas Jethro Tull concert to Durham Cathedral.

Tickets: £16 - £35 available from the Visitor Desk at the Cathedral between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday (12.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday) in person or by phone 0191 338 7178. Tickets will be available online here very shortly.

A fundraising event in support of Durham Cathedral.

Sponsored by Total Business Group

Admission

Tickets: £16 - £35 available from the Visitor Desk at the Cathedral between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday (12.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday) in person or by phone 0191 338 7178. Tickets will be available online here very shortly.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/ian-anderson-jethro-tull

Durham Cathedral
The College
Durham
DH1 3EH
England

Website

www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

E-mail

enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Telephone

0191 386 4266

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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