Open Treasure

Open Treasure
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Open Treasure is a new, world-class exhibition experience located at the heart of Durham Cathedral.

Embark on a journey of discovery through some of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in the UK, from the 14th-century Monks' Dormitory to the monastic Great Kitchen, as the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday - 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Sundays - 12.30pm - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Admission charges

Tickets: Adults, £7.50; Children 5-18, £2.50; Under 5s, Free.

Collection details

Archaeology, Fine Art, Personalities

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

The Treasures of St. Cuthbert

  • 29 July 2017 — 29 July 2018 *on now

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.

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

  • Any age


£2.50 Childrem (5-18)
£6 Concessions
£7.50 Adults


Courtesy of Beamish Museum

Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer

  • 19 June — 15 September 2018 *on now

Celebrate the mining heritage of County Durham with a fascinating exhibition in the Open Treasure Collections Gallery. Twenty-five years since the closure of the last County Durham colliery, and 75 years since the founding of the ‘Bevin Boys’, we explore the Cathedral's links to coalmining in the region, the continuing role of the Durham Miners' Gala, and how mining remains an integral part of County Durham life.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets: £2.50 - £7.50 (under 5s free, family ticket £17.50) available from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral and in advance from Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) and Sundays, 12.30pm – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm).


Open Treasure
Durham Cathedral
The College




0191 386 4266

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