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.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin

  • 28 January 2017 From 7:30pm

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass and then performed this compelling work 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind. The concert/drama features a full performance of Verdi’s famous oratorio with actors, video testimony from surviving members of the choir, and original Nazi propaganda film footage. The performance is powerful, dramatic and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope. This performance at Durham Cathedral is its UK Premiere.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £25.00, £22.00, £10.00 (Concessions £20.00, £18.00,£8.00), available from Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266600 or www.galadurham.co.uk.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/defiant-requiem

Durham Cathedral Nave

Intercollegiate Evensong

  • 29 January 2017 From 3:30pm

Come celebrate two pillars of Choral music making within Durham, the beautiful historic setting of Durham Cathedral and The College Choirs from Durham University. This massed event under the musical direction of James Lancelot will celebrate the sacred music making of the Durham University collegiate choirs stretching back centuries. This event is free to attend, and is part of Durham Vocal Festival and North East Festival of Youth Choirs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/intercollegiate-evensong-2017

The King's Singers

The King's Singers

  • 30 January 2017 From 7:30pm

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand and are very much looking forward to performing at Durham Cathedral. Their repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse imaginable with over 200 commissions from leading composers alongside a significant collection of close harmony arrangements from jazz standards to pop chart hits. Recently voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and with two Grammy® Awards to their name, rave reviews and sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

Part of Durham Vocal Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £22.50, Concessions £17.50, Under 18s £8.00
Available from Gala Theatre Box Office by phone at 03000 266600 or online at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/kingsingers

Website

http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/kingsingers

Example of a manuscript from the Durham Cathedral collections

Durham's Medieval Manuscripts: How were they written?

  • 4 February 2017 10am-1pm

Durham’s medieval manuscripts preserve the handwriting, artwork and craft-skills of generations of monks and of paid professional craftsmen. Professors Andy Beeby (Chemistry) and Richard Gameson (History of the Book) will explain how these books were made and the nature and origin of the inks and pigments that were used within them, drawing on the recent scientific analysis that has revolutionised our understanding of the materials and processes involved. This event will include a demonstration of spectroscoping instrumentation using some of the tools employed to investigate the pigments present in manuscripts.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

A free event with donations of £10 welcome on the day. Tea and coffee will be provided. Contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/medieval-manuscripts

Youth Choirs performing in Durham Cathedral

North East Festival of Youth Choirs

  • 4 February 2017 From 7pm

Now in its second year, this performance brings together the finest youth choirs from across the north east to perform in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral. The performance will be a celebration of the rich and diverse choral heritage and the talent of youth choirs in the area.
As the final concert as part of Durham Vocal Festival there is no better way in bring the celebrations to an end by featuring the future of choral music making.

Part of Durham Vocal Festival

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £7 (£3 concessions) available from Gala Theatre Box Office, or by phone on 03000 266600.

Website

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

Manuscript with music from Durham Cathedral collection

Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Music

  • 4 February 2017 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Music has always been at the heart of worship at Durham Cathedral, from the Cathedral’s monastic beginnings to the present day. The Library holds an internationally renowned collection of music manuscripts and early printed books, many of which are unique to the Cathedral, telling the story of its musical tradition.
This is an opportunity to view a selection of manuscript and early printed music in the beautiful surroundings of the Refectory Library – usually closed to visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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-music

Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir Association 'Desert Island Discs'

  • 17 February 2017 From 7pm

The Dean of Durham, The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, will share his Desert Island Discs in conversation with Baroness Maeve Sherlock of Durham. Wine and canapes will be served.
Tickets £10 from dcca@durhamcathedral.co.uk or by writing to: The Secretary, The DCCA, The Cathedral Office, Durham

A fundraising event in aid of Durham Cathedral Choir Association

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10 from dcca@durhamcathedral.co.uk or by writing to: The Secretary, The DCCA, The Cathedral Office, Durham

Website

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

The river and riverbanks at Durham

History Walk

  • 18 February 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.

£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.

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-feb-2017

Durham University Chamber Choir performing

Durham University Chamber Choir Concert

  • 25 February 2017 From 7:30pm

Durham University Chamber Choir warmly invites you to its second concert of the academic year, featuring some of the most beautiful works in the choral repertoire.

Performing the Lobo Lamentations and the Brahms Motets in their entirety, the Chamber Choir will be singing in the rich acoustics of the Chapter House, perfectly matched to the repertoire of the concert.

Taking place in the Chapter House.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £10 Adults, £7 Concessions, £5 Students, available from www.musicdurham.org/events

Website

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

Venera Bojkova

Piano Recital by Venera Bojkova

  • 10 March 2017 From 7pm

Renowned pianist and harpist Venera Bojkova performs a piano recital in aid of Durham Cathedral Choir Association.

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/venerabojkovapianorecital

Durham University Choral Society in performance

Durham University Choral Society and Palatinate Orchestra Concert

  • 11 March 2017 From 7:30pm

Durham University Choral Society invites you to its biggest concert of the year. The Choral Society will be joined for this performance by Durham University Palatinate Orchestra, and conducted by Adam Laughton.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: Adults £12, Concessions £7, Music Durham members £6, Under 16s Free, available from www.musicdurham.org/events/

Website

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

Riverbanks and Durham Cathedral

Stones of Durham - Riverbank Talk and Geology Cathedral Tour

  • 18 March 2017 1:30-4pm

Durham Cathedral ranks in the top 100 geological sites in the UK. Join us for a 45 minute talk followed by tea/coffee and questions and then a geology tour of the Cathedral.

Visitors may also be interested in the Riverbank Walk taking place from 10.30am - 12.00noon on the same day. Both events can be booked at the same time.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5 per person payable on the day. Booking essential as places are limited - please contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or 0191 3744070 to reserve a place.

Riverbanks and Durham Cathedral

Stones of Durham - Guided Riverbank Tour

  • 18 March 2017 10:30am-12pm

A guided walk with local geologist Brian Young covering aspects of the geology of the Durham Cathedral site, including the riverbanks. Discover the variety, sources and uses of stone within the Cathedral and its associated buildings.

Visitors may also be interested in the Stones of Durham Riverbank Talk and Geology Cathedral Tour from 1.30pm - 4.00pm on the same day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per person payable on the day. Booking essential as places are limited – please contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or 0191 3744070 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/stones-of-durham-walk-2017

Depiction of St Cuthbert

St Cuthbert Festival

  • 18 — 20 March 2017

Events include: the annual St Cuthbert's Day Walk and Procession from St Mary's and St Cuthbert's Church, beginning at 9.30am on Saturday 18 March.

Also on Saturday 18 March: A variety of free events including free tours of the cathedral and stonemason demonstrations, a local producers market in the Cathedral Cloister, and Family Fun Storytelling provided by Adam Bushnell.

The day will conclude with a special service of Sung Eucharist for St Cuthbert's Saturday at 5.15pm. This service will conclude with a procession to the Shrine of St Cuthbert.

A special St Cuthbert's Day Festal Evensong and Procession takes place on Monday 20 March at 5.15pm, a service which includes the Blessing of the Light and a procession to the Shrine of St Cuthbert.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All events are free of charge. To reserve a place on the St Cuthbert's Day Walk please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Please consult www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/ for more information on all of the weekends events.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/date-18-03-2017

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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