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

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.
The Book of Common Prayer from Durham Cathedral collections

Study Day - Speaking to God in English: Private Prayer and the Reformation

  • 1 April 2017 10am-3pm

The Reformation in England was a time of immense upheaval for all aspects of religious life, from the dissolution of the monasteries to the white-washing of parish churches. Private prayer was no exception as royal decree and parliamentary statute caused the revision and finally destruction of Books of Hours, the mainstay of private and domestic devotion. English might now be the approved language of prayer, but the new prayer books were much less suited for private, lay usage, and highlighted the role of the clergy.

The speakers, historian Dr Fiona Gameson and Dr Joanna Barker, Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, will consider the various aids for prayer from the Book of Hours to the Anglican and Catholic post-Reformation replacements.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

A free event with donations of £10 welcome on the day. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring your own lunch or eat in the Undercroft Restaurant. Contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk to reserve a place.

Website

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

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Israel in Egypt

  • 11 April 2017 From 8pm

Conductor - Nicholas McGegan
Samling Soloists
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Handel - Israel in Egypt

There has never been a more engaging and dramatic musical depiction of jumping frogs, showers of hailstones, and the parting of the Red Sea than in Handel’s choral masterpiece. Experience the epic biblical narrative in vivid musical technicolour!

A Sage Gateshead promotion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £26.88 £21.50 £16.13 (£5.38 under 18s) available from Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661 sagegateshead.com or in person from the Visitor Desk at Durham Cathedral.

Website

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

Ana Fernandez-Guerra

Vocal Recital by Ana Fernandez-Guerra

  • 26 April 2017 From 7pm

Vocalist Ana Fernandez-Guerra will perform at this fundraising event in aid of Durham Cathedral Choir Association. Accompaniment comes from Francesca Massey, Durham Cathedral sub-organist. This event will be followed by a reception in the Chapter House.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £15 from dcca@durhamcathedral.co.uk or by writing to: The Secretary, The DCCA, The Cathedral Office, Durham

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/dcca-ana-fernandez-guerra

Riverbanks and Prebends Bridge, Durham

History Walk

  • 13 May 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 Information desk inside the Cathedral. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/history-walk-may-2017

Highly Suspect Murder Mystery performance group

Et Tu, Shakespeare? - Murder Mystery Night

  • 19 May 2017 From 7pm

‘Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and death’
Richard III.

Some 400 years after Shakespeare's death it seems the Great Bard may still have secrets to share. Rumours have spread that a previously unknown and unpublished play has been discovered in the catacombs beneath Durham Cathedral. A sequel, no less; ‘Lots To Do About Something!’
However, mere hours before the manuscript can be authenticated, renowned Shakespearian scholar Professor Oliver Worldsastage is found dead; Stabbed 22 times in the back beside a final message written in the victim’s own blood. But is the play the thing, or did someone have other sinister reasons to want the Professor to shuffle off this mortal coil?
Join murder maestros Highly Suspect for a Shakespearian inspired interactive murder mystery event. Analyse the evidence, interrogate the suspects and separate the fact from the fiction to solve the murder and catch a killer.
Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed!

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £35 per person, including meal and drinks reception (to be purchased in advance. No refunds will be given).
For further information and to purchase tickets please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk or 0191 386 4266.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/shakespeare-murder-mystery

Durham Cathedral
The College
Durham
DH1 3EH
England

Website

www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

E-mail

enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Telephone

0191 386 4266

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