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.
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

  • 28 June 2017 7:30am-9pm

Jason Lowe, Assitant Organist, Durham Cathedral

Programme to include music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Howells and Widor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/henson-study-day

HENSLEY HENSON STUDY DAY

  • 1 July 2017 10am-1pm

The fourth annual study day devoted to the controversial wartime cleric, Hensley Henson. We will hear Hensley Henson’s diary entries for July 1917 to June 1918 observing the war from Durham Cathedral Deanery and the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford. The morning will also include a discussion about music and the First World War.

A free event with donations of £10 welcome on the day. Contact
events@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 386 4266 to reserve a place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A free event with donations of £10 welcome on the day. Contact
events@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 386 4266 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/henson-study-day

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/family-fun-with-bowes-museum

FAMILY FUN WITH THE BOWES MUSEUM

  • 1 July 2017 10am-4:30pm

Join Durham Cathedral’s Education Team and The Bowes Museum Education Team to learn about the masterpiece St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts, recently acquired by The Bowes Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This is a free event - no need to book.

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/cartas-and-charters

CARTAS & CHARTERS FAMILY FUN DAY

  • 1 July 2017 10am-4:30pm

Meet the Medieval villagers as they take up residence within the Cloister Garth – encounter a delightful array of sounds, sights and smells from a bygone era and learn of their daily life living under the rights of the Forest Charter. See demonstrations of pastimes and skills, be entertained with mumming plays and games and try your hand at skills such as rope making, butter churning and striking your own coin. An exciting and educational experience for all!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A free event* – no need to book.

*Please note, a small charge may apply to some optional activities.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/cartas-and-charters

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017-jallsopp

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

  • 5 July 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Jonathan Allsopp, Organ Scholar, Durham Cathedral.
Programme to include music by Bach, Liszt and Messiaen.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door.

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/evensong-bbc

SPECIAL SERVICE - EVENSONG BROADCAST BY BBC RADIO 3

  • 5 July 2017 5:30-7:30pm

Choral Evensong is sung at the Cathedral most days. Join us as this daily service is broadcast, with music by Durham Cathedral Choir. Members of the congregation are advised to be seated by 3.15pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/miners-gala-2017

SPECIAL SERVICE - DURHAM MINERS' GALA FESTIVAL SERVICE

  • 8 July 2017 3-5pm

An annual service as part of the Miners’ Gala; a vibrant and joyful celebration of County Durham’s mining tradition. Community banners are processed to the Cathedral led by brass bands.

The procession continues into the Cathedral at 2.40pm and the banners are blessed. The brass bands provide the accompaniment for the hymns and the Cathedral is always full as the local community celebrates in its Cathedral.

Suitable for

  • Any age
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/jazz

JAZZ IN THE UNDERCROFT

  • 12 July 2017 7-9pm

Undercroft Restaurant

BBC Big Band Quartet
Martin Shaw - Trumpet
Robin Aspland - Piano
Jeremy Brown - Bass
Tom Gordon - Drums

Enjoy an evening of jazz in the Undercroft Restaurant, to celebrate this year's Durham BRASS Festival.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £27.50 per person, including a tapas style three-course meal and drinks reception (to be purchased in advance. No refunds will be given).To pre-register your interest in this event, please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/venetian-surround-sound

VENETIAN SURROUND SOUND

  • 14 July 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Durham Cathedral Choir directed by James Lancelot and early music virtuosi His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts perform a thrilling programme of Venetian music: Gabrieli, Lassus and Praetorius. Responding to the antiphonal music pioneered at the great St Mark's Basilica in Venice, this concert will be performed all over Durham's magnificent Cathedral to create a unique 'surround sound' experience.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £12 - £18 available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/belshazzars-feast

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST

  • 15 July 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Brass Bands and Choirs represent two of the North East's strongest musical traditions. This concert brings them together in a spectacular new transcription for brass band and choir of William Walton's thrilling Belshazzar's Feast. The concert will feature the Reg Vardy Band and a special Festival Chorus drawn from leading local choirs in a unique celebration of brass and voices.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £13 - £20 available from the Gala Theatre Box Office, 03000 266600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/belshazzars-feast

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

FAMILY FUN - HISTORY WALK

  • 15 July 2017 10:30am-12pm

Enjoy a guided walk of the woodlands and riverbanks, especially for families and children. Look at the castle walls and defences, learn about the two mills beside the river, and hear about the families that lived in the tiny Count’s House.

Challenges, learning and fun for all the family along the way!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place

Website

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

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/evensong-and-dismissal

SPECIAL SERVICE – EVENSONG AND DISMISSAL OF THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR

  • 16 July 2017 3:30-5:30pm

Join us for what is always a poignant and moving service as the Cathedral Choir is dismissed at the end of the academic year. This year marks the final dismissal of James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist; Jonathan Allsopp, Organ Scholar; George Cook, Senior Choral Scholar; Davina Halford-Macleod, Head Chorister; Isabella Theodosius, Second Chorister; Fergus Inns, Head Chorister; Dominic Beattie, Second Chorister; Hamish Gray, Chorister; Samuel Theodosius, Chorister; and Oliver Blake, Chorister. We wish them well as they move on to the next stage of their lives, in particular James Lancelot as he retires from his 32 year tenure leading the Cathedral Choir and the musical life of the Cathedral.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/evensong-and-dismissal

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017-ashleygrote

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

  • 26 July 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Ashley Grote, Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral. Programme to include music by Bach, Franck, Wagner and Elgar.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017-ashleygrote

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

FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS

  • 28 July 2017 11am-3pm

Open Treasure

Family craft activities linked to the Magna Carta and the Forest Charters exhibition on display in Open Treasure from 19 June – 9 September.

Scriptorium - explore some tools of the writing trade and try your hand at medieval writing and letter illumination. Have a closer look at a copy of Durham’s 1216 Magna Carta – can you create your own clause that would make life better for everyday people?

Strike-a-Coin Workshop - have you got the strength to mint your very own 1215 King John penny on a coin die? Swing the hammer hard then display your coin in a special pack.

Cast-a-Seal Workshop - press the image of King John’s Great Seal into craft
clay to ‘sign’ the Magna Carta. Don’t forget the ribbon!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Activities are free for children with Open Treasure admission, available on https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/treasures-of-st-cuthbert

LAUNCH OF THE TREASURES OF ST CUTHBERT

  • 29 July 2017 9am-5pm

The opening of the Treasures of St Cuthbert, a rare collection of some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the UK, including St Cuthbert's preserved wooden coffin and his exquisite gold and garnet pectoral cross. Also on display will be the ivory comb and portable altar buried alongside St Cuthbert, Anglo-Saxon vestments gifted to his Shrine, and the original Sanctuary Ring.

See this extraordinary collection on permanent display in the stunning Great Kitchen with its distinctive octagonal rib-vaulted ceiling, one of only two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK. The Great Kitchen is part of Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's world class exhibition experience.

The Treasures of St Cuthbert will be on permanent display in the Great Kitchen from Saturday 29th July.

Visitors to The Treasures of St Cuthbert can also enjoy access to the other Open Treasure exhibition spaces, including the spectacular Monks' Dormitory and the rolling programme of exhibitions in the Collections Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £2.50 - £7.50 available online or from the Visitor Desk on the day of your visit.
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit/what-to-visit/open-treasure/book

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/treasures-of-st-cuthbert

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/eton-choral-course-recital

ETON CHORAL COURSE RECITAL At CHAPTER HOUSE OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 3 August 2017 7-9pm

An unaccompanied choral recital performed by the singers taking part in the Eton Choral Course, taking place in the intimate and acoustically stunning sett ing of the Chapter House. Directed by Simon Toyne.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/photo-evening-august-2017

PHOTOGRAPHY EVENING AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 4 August 2017 6:30-9pm

A special opportunity to spend a summer evening with your camera inside Durham Cathedral.

Tickets are £10.00 per camera which will include a cup of tea or coffee. No flash is permitted in the Cathedral but tripods are welcome.

Please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk for more information.

Admission

Tickets are £10.00 per camera which will include a cup of tea or coffee. No flash is permitted in the Cathedral but tripods are welcome.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/photo-evening-august-2017

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

FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 4 August 2017 11am-3pm

Family craft activities linked to the Magna Carta and the Forest Charters exhibition on display in Open Treasure from 19 June – 9 September.

Scriptorium - explore some tools of the writing trade and try your hand at medieval writing and letter illumination. Have a closer look at a copy of Durham’s 1216 Magna Carta – can you create your own clause that would make life better for everyday people?

Strike-a-Coin Workshop - have you got the strength to mint your very own 1215 King John penny on a coin die? Swing the hammer hard then display your coin in a special pack.

Cast-a-Seal Workshop - press the image of King John’s Great Seal into craft
clay to ‘sign’ the Magna Carta. Don’t forget the ribbon!

Activities are free for children with Open Treasure admission, https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Activities are free for children with Open Treasure admission,https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

Website

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

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017-peterstevens

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 9 August 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door.

Admission

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-2017-peterstevens

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

HISTORY WALK AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 12 August 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/anglo-saxon-family-fun-weekend

ANGLO-SAXON FAMILY FUN WEEKEND AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 12 August 2017 10:30am-4pm

A family fun weekend celebrating the launch of the Treasures of St Cuthbert exhibition, on permanent display in Open Treasure from Saturday 29 July. Meet the Anglo-Saxon traders, raiders and craft speople as they take up temporary residence within the Cathedral grounds and let your senses delight in the sights, sounds and smells from a bygone era.

See demonstrations of pastimes and skills that filled their daily life. Be amazed by the 10m long ship and find out about Anglo-Saxon navigation, fishing and net making. Learn about building crafts and architectural thinking of the day. Join in with games, grind flour using a quern stone, try on some Anglo-Saxon clothing, prepare yourself for battle, paint using natural pigments and much more – the choice is yours! An exciting and educational experience for everyone.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

A free event* open to all. No need to book.

* Please note, there will be small charge for some optional activities.

For further information contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk
or call 0191 374 4070.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/anglo-saxon-family-fun-weekend

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/historic-architecture

THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 14 August 2017 1:30-2:45pm

Join historic buildings architectural conservator Charlie Slade as he shares his insights into the medieval constructional geometry (Ad Quadratum) of Durham Cathedral, linking it to other ecclesiastical buildings across the country.

Admission

Tickets: £5 per person, including light refreshments.
Contact education@durhamcathedral.ac.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/historic-architecture

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/green-man-clay-tile-worshop

MAKE & TAKE - GREEN MAN CLAY TILE WORKSHOP AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 14 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

Work with professional tiler Karen Slade to create a 3D decorative clay tile for your home, inspired by the ‘green man’ bosses in the Cathedral Cloister. No experience needed.

Admission

Tickets: £20 per person to include all resources and light refreshments. Booking is essential – contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to
reserve a place.

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

BAT WALK AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 18 August 2017 7-10pm

Take a gentle stroll along the riverbanks to find out more about the bats of Durham. You may see pipistrelles, daubentons and noctules foraging for food. The walk starts at the North Door of the Cathedral, off Palace Green. Bring a torch and please wear sturdy footwear as there are steep slopes.

Admission

Tickets: £5 per person - booking is essential. Contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 384 4070 to reserve a place.

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

RENDEZVOUS JAZZ AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL

  • 19 August 2017 7:30-9pm

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

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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