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 *on now

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

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.
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

NE Railway

North East Railway in the First World War

  • 4 August 2016 7:30-9pm

Hear the inspiring story of one railway's war, of how it continued to operate and adapt to circumstance, and of the men and women who served with the company or were left to fight for their country's freedom. Presented by Rob Langham.

Rob Langham's accompanying book will also be available for purchase.

£5.00 payable on the door, to include refreshments.

To reserve a place contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070.

Admission

£5.00 payable on the door, to include refreshments. To reserve a place contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4070.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/north-east-railway

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

Rag Rug

Rag Rug Making Workshop

  • 12 August 2016 1-4pm

Learn more about the history of this regional craft while working with craft specialists who will help you create your own rag rug.

All materials and refreshments provided. £15 per person. Open to all ages.

To reserve your place please contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 3070.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 per person. To reserve your place please contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 3070.

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/rag-rug

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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