Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral
The College






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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:

Museum, Library, Gallery, Heritage site, Architecture centre, Garden, parklands or rural site, 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.

An Exhibition of the Work of Robert Watson

  • 19 September — 17 November 2014 *on now

Robert Watson is a Seaton Carew based painter/printmaker with a passion for drawing and large-scale work using a variety of media. The rich heritage of architecture and heavy industry in the North East set against the dramatic landscape and coastal seascapes of the region provide inspiration for themes of work combining a wide range of paint and print techniques.

The exhibition is on display in the Undercroft Restaurant, Durham Cathedral.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Stuart Fisher

An Exhibition of the Work of Stuart Fisher

  • 3 — 30 October 2014

Stuart Fisher is a local artist with a passion for the etchings of the late 19th and early 20th century, in particular those of Durham born Albany Howarth and the master of architectural etchings, Hedley Fitt on. In this exhibition, Stuart presents a selection of his work including a unique set of sepia watercolours over highly detailed waterproof black ink drawings. Much of Stuart’s work is inspired by Durham City.

The exhibition is on display in The Galilee Chapel.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Bridestones Print

Heathcliff Adrift

  • 10 — 19 October 2014

An exhibition of poems by Benjamin Myers (winner of the 2013 Gordon Burn Prize) and photographs by Nick Small, covering Heathcliff ’s ‘missing’ three years in Wuthering Heights, when he leaves Haworth a boy and returns a wealthy man, and the moorland landscape, as seen through his eyes.

Part of Durham Book Festival. The exhibition is on display in The Chapel of the Nine Altars.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.
Bishop Tucker

Special Service - Celebration of the Life of Bishop Alfred Tucker

  • 5 October 2014 From 3:30pm

Preacher: The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu

Choral Evensong and Procession to celebrate the life of a former Bishop of Uganda and Canon of Durham Cathedral. Bishop Alfred was consecrated the first ever Bishop of Uganda in 1899, building churches, hospitals, schools and the Bishop Tucker Theological College which continues to educate ordinands today. He retired to Durham in 1910 and is buried in the Cathedral Church Yard.



Fungus Foray

Fungus Foray

  • 5 October 2014 1-3pm

Join fungi enthusiast Tom Kirby for a walk around the woodlands and riverbanks surrounding Durham Cathedral on a search for wild fungi.

Meet at the Education Centre at the back of the Cathedral, wearing sturdy footwear and dressed appropriately for the weather.

Booking essential as places are limited – email events@durhamcathedral.co.uk
to reserve a place.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£1 charge payable on the day.



Tony Benn

Will and Testament

  • 9 October 2014 From 7:30pm

A fascinating documentary about the life of Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in history.

For the first time ever through intimate, quasi confessional interviews and his personal, photographic and film archive Will and Testament reveals a very human face behind the political mask.

A question and answer session with the director of the film follows the screening.

Tickets available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

Ticket income from the evening will be donated to the Durham Miners’ Association in support of the Miners’ Gala Appeal

Suitable for

  • 18+


£10 (£8 concessions)



Orchestra North East

Orchestra North East with Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

  • 11 October 2014 From 7:30pm

Conducted by Tim Henty
Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No 4

Tickets available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

An Orchestra North East promotion.


£14 (£7 students, accompanied under 16s free)


History Walks

  • 11 October 2014 From 10am, From 10:30am

Discover the hidden history of the Durham Cathedral woodlands and riverbanks with a guided walking tour led by an expert guide. The walks start at the North Door of the Cathedral at 10.00am & 10.30am and last for approximately 1 ½ hours.

£1 per person – booking is essential. Contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk to
reserve a place.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£1 per person



Durham Book Festival

Kevin Carey - The Use of Fiction in the Teaching of Theology

  • 12 October 2014 From 6pm

Author of The Third Testament for the Third Millennium; a bold-retelling of the New Testament in a 21st-century context. Profound and funny, moving and edgy, the series draws on its author’s experience of journalism, broadcasting and politics, and on his work as a lay minister in the Church of England. Kevin is the author of several theological works including Stir Up, O Lord and The Judas Church: An Obsession with Sex.

Tickets available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

A Durham Book Festival Fringe event at Durham Cathedral, organised with
Sacristy Press.


£5 (£4 concessions)