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Address: The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 191 386 4266
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for...

Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Built in 1093, the Cathedral is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede.

Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK. These spectacular spaces house Open Treasure, a world-class visitor experience which reveals the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections through temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors of all ages.

Entrance to Durham Cathedral is free, with donations invited. Charges apply to group tours, public tours and Open Treasure.

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Magnificent setting

A marvellous visit for everyone. The setting is splendid, the history unique, a great example of Norman architecture. There's an added bonus, in that the castle stands on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A marvellous visit for everyone. The setting is splendid, the history unique, a great example of Norman architecture. There's an added bonus, in that the castle stands on the same site, now part of the university.

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Thank rca1945
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Durham cathedral is a must. For everyone the grand front doors with the famous knocker leading to the grand square of the top of the knave splendid windows the rose window is a dream. The cloaster as and the tea rooms and a good shop full of gifts old and new the access for wheelchairs is very good and always... More 

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Thank denisedmason6
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

well worth a visit. Guides available and very knowledgeable. Don't bother with the scones in café though! Do go and look at Lego model fascinating.!

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Thank lmy801
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Durham most of my adult life and I'll never bore of Durham Cathedral. I just wish they would consider an entrance charge. Maybe to allow residents of the close postcode entry. Similar to other cathedrals. It's a beautiful place and I'm so proud to call it home

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm bias with this review but Durham Cathedral is an awesome awesome place. I see this building everyday I go to work and it gives me the gasp factor every time. Not just because it is set in a beautiful place, historic place, a place of culture and leisure, it commands attention, it's an amazing place. Architecturally awesome, historically awesome,... More 

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Thank Angela S
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The pure awe when you first walk in the building never wears off no matter how many times you've been, the Cathedral has an intriguing history which even I managed to listen to without falling asleep and the staff are absolutely amazing - very helpful & friendly

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Thank anna_alderson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It,s a wonderful and spiritual experience visiting this Norman Cathedral.The architecture not only of the exterior,but also of the interior is awesome.

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Thank Mossol
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As we live near to the city the cathedral, castle and grounds are just a few of our favourite places in durham. A walk along the river to see the cathedral from a different angle is another favourite, but inside the cathedral is fantastic which should not be missed, also make sure you climb the stairs to the top, oh... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you ever visit Durham, make sure that you go up the hill to the Cathedral to see one of the most awe inspiring buildings in the world. It has been used as a setting for quite a few major films over the years and never ceases to impress all who visit. No charge is made for admission but donations... More 

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Thank jackymoorsley
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have visited Durham cathedral on many occasions and the visits just keep getting better. We visited in December and included the Children's Christmas carol concert which was wonderful. Staff and tourists were very friendly and engaging and the event well organised. We also visited during the summer school holidays for the Children's explorer event which they absolutely loved. They... More 

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