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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Butte Cross

The Butte de Warlencourt Battlefield Crosses

  • 2 July — 20 November 2016

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

None

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/butte-crosses

Open Treasure

Open Treasure Launch

  • 23 July 2016 From 10am

Embark on a journey of discovery through the medieval Monks’ Dormitory to the monastic Great Kitchen as the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £2.50 - £7.50 available in advance from www.durhamcathedral.co.uk or on the door.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/open-treasure-launch

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.
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History Walk

  • 25 June 2016 10:30am-12pm *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

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Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

  • 30 June 2016 1-2pm

Part of Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front, a commemorative exhibition at Palace Green Library, Durham University, from 25 March - 2 October 2016.

Admission

Booking essential - contact Event Durham on 0191 334 2887 to reserve a place.

Butte Cross

Special Service - Vigil on the Eve of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

  • 30 June 2016 6:30-9:30pm

Following Evensong, a special vigil will be held in the Cathedral. Members of the congregation can come and go as they wish, to pay their respects and remember in whatever way feels most appropriate. Special readings and organ music will be used.

Members of the congregation will also have the opportunity to view the Butte Crosses, reunited at Durham Cathedral for a special exhibition starting on Saturday 2 July. The three crosses were erected on top of a chalk hill called the Butte de Warlencourt following the Battle of the Somme in memory of the soldiers of the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry. As part of the Cathedral’s First World War commemorations, the crosses will be reunited in the Cathedral to form a poignant and powerful witness.

We are looking for contemporary material to use in readings for the service. If you have any surviving personal diaries, letters or postcards from this time, please contact events@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

None

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/somme-vigil

Somme

Special Service - Evensong on the Eve of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

  • 30 June 2016 5:30-6:30pm

Join us for a service of special readings and music sung by Durham Cathedral Choir on the eve of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

This special service will be an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of all those involved, in particular the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry. Of the 15,000 soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry who fought on the Somme, over half were wounded, killed, or reported missing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

None

Website

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

Somme Centenary

Special Service - Choral Evensong for the Centenary of the Outbreak of the Battle of the Somme

  • 1 July 2016 5:15-6pm

A special Evensong to mark the first day of fighting at the Battle of the Somme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

None

Young Patron'a Picnic

Young Patrons' Picnic

  • 2 July 2016 2-4pm

To RSVP or for more information about how to become a Young Patron please contact Sophia Stovall on sophia.stovall@durhamcathedral.co.uk or 0191 3744055.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Poppies

Special Service - Requiem Eucharist for the Centenary of the Outbreak of the Battle of the Somme

  • 2 July 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Attended by members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch, following a 24 hour motorbike ride around the North of England in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The ride will begin with the blowing of a whistle used to start the Battle of the Somme in 1916, at Durham Cathedral at 7.30am on Friday 1 July, exactly one hundred years later. The whistle is being blown at various places around the North of England before the Riders return to Durham for the Eucharist. All are welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

None

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/somme-eucharist

Hensley Henson

Hensley Henson and the First World War

  • 2 July 2016 10am-12:15pm

Hensley Henson, Dean of Durham during the First World War, kept detailed diaries which are being transcribed for the first time. Hear his experience of the War through readings from 1 July 1916 – 30 June 1917. This was also the time of the National Mission and a speaker will explore this significant wartime church initiative. Finishes in time to attend the Requiem Eucharist in the DLI Chapel to mark the centenary of the commencement of the Somme Offensive.

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

None.

Organ Recital

Organ Recital Series

  • 6 July 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Buxtehude, Bach, Reger and Vierne.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-6-july

Durham Cathedral Choir Association

Durham Cathedral Choir Association Annual Concert

  • 10 July 2016 From 4:45pm

Tickets: admission free to DCCA members and school age children. Donations welcome from non-members.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: admission free to DCCA members and school age children. Donations welcome from non-members.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/dcca-july-2016

BRASS

Durham Hymns

  • 16 July 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Lyrics: Carol Ann Duffy
Music: Orlando Gough, Jessica Curry, Jonathan Bates
Performed by The Centenary Choir and Brass Band with Voices of Hope

A century on from the Battle of the Somme, the anniversary is marked with a major new work for brass band and choir. Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, inspired by the true-life experiences of County Durham people, has written lyrics for a suite of new hymns to commemorate their sacrifice, courage and endurance.

Tickets: £20 & £18 (£15 & £13 concessions) available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk

The Durham Hymns was commissioned by the Northern Regional Brass Band Trust in partnership with Durham County Council.

Presented as part of BRASS 2016.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £20 & £18 (£15 & £13 concessions) available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/durham-hymns

Organ Recital

Organ Recital Series

  • 20 July 2016 From 6:30pm

Programme includes music by Reger, Whitlock, Reuchsel, Holloway.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-20-july

Cathedral Organ

Organ Recital Series

  • 27 July 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Scheidemann, Bach, Reger, Widor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-27-july

Children's Hand Prints

Family Fun - Make and Take Brilliant Bede

  • 27 July 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Bede was a monk at the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow in the eighth century and now rests at Durham Cathedral. Discover the important role Bede played in shaping our understanding of Anglo-Saxon history and explore Bede’s life and legacy with lots of fun historic activities. There are plenty of things for you to make and take home!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per child. Suitable for children aged 2+.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/brilliant-bede

Inside of Durham Cathedral

Stones of Durham - Riverbank Talk and Geology Cathedral Tour

  • 30 July 2016 1:30-4pm

You might also be interested in Stones of Durham - Riverbank Walk, also on Saturday 30 July from 10.30am - 12.00noon. £3 per person. Both events can be booked at the same time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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.

Website

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

Durham Riverbank

Stones of Durham - Riverbank Walk

  • 30 July 2016 From 10:30am

Discover the variety, sources and uses of stone within the Cathedral and its associated buildings. You might also be interested in Stones of Durham - Riverbank Talk and Geology Cathedral Tour, also on Saturday 30 July from 1.30pm - 4.00pm. £5 per person. Both events can be booked at the same time.

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

Durham Cathedral Organ

Organ Recital Series

  • 3 August 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Alain, Guilmant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-3-august

Children's Hand Prints

Family Fun - Herbs, Quills and Monkish Thrills!

  • 3 August 2016 11am-3:30pm

Find out more about a monk’s daily life and have a go at writing with a quill pen (in Latin!) as the monks at Durham did many years ago.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

A drop-in event – no need to book. Suitable for children aged 3+. £3 per child.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/monkish-thrills

Inside of Durham Cathedral

Photography Evening

  • 4 August 2016 From 6:30pm

No flash is permitted in the Cathedral but tripods are welcome.

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

A booking form can be downloaded from the Cathedral website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets are £10.00 per camera which will include a cup of tea or coffee.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/photo-evening-august-2016

Durham Cathedral Chapter House

Concert - Eton Choral Course 2016

  • 5 August 2016 From 5:15pm

This recital in the beautiful Chapter House marks the culmination of their intensive musical preparation and training during the week. All welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No Charge

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/eton-concert-2016

Durham Cathedral Organ

Organ Recital Series

  • 10 August 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Franck, Stanford, Vierne.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £8 (£6 concession) available on the door

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-10-august

Children's Hand Prints

Family Fun - Historic Durham

  • 10 August 2016 1-3pm

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! Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child. For more information contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.

Website

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

Stained Glass Window

Basket-weaving

  • 13 August 2016 10am-4pm

Come and talk with him as he weaves and find out more about basket-weaving and the Christian faith.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Event

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/basket-weaving

Children's Hand Prints

Family Weekend - The Great War Gathering

  • 13 August 2016 10:30am-4pm
  • 14 August 2016 12:30-4pm

A free event – no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A free event – no need to book

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/great-war-gathering

Durham Cathedral Organ

Organ Recital Series

  • 17 August 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Bach, Handel, Reger, Hare.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-17-august

Children's Hand Prints

Family Fun - Herby Flatbreads

  • 17 August 2016 10-11am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm

Then choose some herbs to use in making and cooking a delicious herby flatbread, to eat with you own freshly churned butter!

Suitable for children aged 3+

Contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/flatbreads-august-2016

St. Cuthbert's Coffin

Young Curators' Taster Day

  • 18 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Our Young Curators work alongside Cathedral staff and have unique opportunities to explore the new exhibition areas of Durham Cathedral. You’ll learn how to handle and display objects, interpret the collections, work with local artists and help the Cathedral develop children’s activities.

To see what Young Curators will be like, why not come along to one of our ‘Taster Days’?

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

A free event – booking is essential. Contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070 to reserve a place.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/young-curators-18-aug

Durham Cathedral Organ

Organ Recital Series

  • 24 August 2016 From 7:30pm

Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Grainger, Langlais.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/organ-recital-24-august

Children's Hand Prints

Family Fun - Drawing Trail

  • 24 August 2016 10:30am-3pm

Packs can be collected from the Information Desk between 10.30am -3.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A free event - no need to book.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/drawing-trail

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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