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.
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 apply to some exhibitions and the Cathedral tower.
The Undercroft Restaurant is open daily between 10.00 and 16.00 for light snacks, meals and refreshemnets.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Social History
The Butte de Warlencourt Battlefield Crosses
- 2 July — 20 November 2016 *on now
Following the Battle of the Somme, three battlefield crosses were erected on top of a chalk hill called the Butte de Warlencourt. They were made in memory of the soldiers of the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions Durham Light Infantry who had died there in November 1916.
Today, one of these crosses is housed in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral, with the others at the parish churches of St Andrew in Bishop Auckland and St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester-leStreet.
As part of the Cathedral’s First World War commemorations, and with a particular focus on the centenary of the Somme, this display reunites the three crosses to form a poignant and powerful witness.
- Any age
- 31 August 2016 7:30-9pm
Francesca Massey, Sub-Organist, Durham Cathedral
Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Franck, Wagner.
- Any age
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession) available on the door.
Family Fun - Print Workshop
- 31 August 2016 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm
Learn how to turn images of the Cathedral and riverbanks into prints. You will create cards and wrapping paper to take home.
Suitable for children aged 3+
£5 per child. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.
Show and Tell - Marvellous Medicine
- 3 September 2016 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm
A chance to explore developments in medicine from the 16th century onwards through Durham Cathedral’s collection of early printed books, within the beautiful setting of the Refectory Library. Featuring Harvey’s ‘De Motu Cordis’, the first published tract on love sickness, and highlights of anatomical study and pharmaceuticals.
- Any age
Tickets: £5 (£4.50 concessions) available from the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre 0191 334 3805. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, subject to availability.
Heritage Open Day 2016 (weather permitting)
- 10 September 2016 10am-4pm
The Cathedral is joining in Heritage Open Days organised by English Heritage. 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.
- Any age
- 19 — 23 September 2016
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.
Visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson to download a booking form.
- Not suitable for children
Visit https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/benedictine-week-2016 to download a booking form.
- 24 September 2016 10:30-11:30am
A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral’s historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. The walk starts at the North Door of the Cathedral (the main entrance). Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
- Any age
£3 payable on the day, accompanying children free. Booking essential as places are limited – contact email@example.com or 0191 386 4266 to reserve a place.
An Evening with Anton Edelmann and Gerard Basset
- 7 October 2016 7-10pm
Enjoy an indulgent fine dining experience with the legendary Anton Edelman, Executive Chef and The Savoy Hotel’s Maitre Chef des Cuisines for over 20 years, and Gerard Basset OBE, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier.
Step back in time with an authentic Georgian three-course dinner in the spectacular medieval Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral. Inspired by John Thacker's The Art of Cookery (1758), from the Cathedral's Collections, each course will offer a range of culinary delights to tantalise your taste-buds. Throughout the evening, diners will be accompanied by Anton Edelmann and Gerard Basset.
£75 per person including wine. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 386 4266 to reserve a place.
0191 386 4266