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“A Timeless Architectural Gem”
Review of Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 28 November 2011

One of the most impressive cathedrals in Britain will not disappoint. With helpful guides, a small but inviting World Heritage Site heritage centre and a range of shops and cafes in the Cathedral and around the outer square the religious and heritage significance of the Cathedral comes to life. The architecture - such as the vaulted ceilings - has to be seen and will enthrall you. Mounted high above the river and old and newer town this is a special British 'acropolis'. The tour can be doubled with a tour of the castle opposite.

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

I live within 10 miles of the cathedral so I may be a bit biased but I have to agree that Bill Bryson was right about Durham and the cathedral in particular: it's a must-experience place. To see it lit up during this year's lumiere celebration was simply awe inspiring.

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Reviewed 27 November 2011

A cathedral with a local face, and memorable for it. So many other cathedrals do not seem to engage with their community.

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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Standing - literally - head and shoulders above the city below, Durham Cathedral richly deserves its status as the Top Attraction in Durham. Camera essential - stunning shots of the cathedral on the skyline may be taken from the riverside below.
The walk, though not long, is mostly uphill from the bus station, downhill then uphill from the railway station and may be avoided by taking the small bus (50 pence fare from the bus station, probably more from the railway station).
Although entry is free, donations are always welcome as the cost of maintaining the cathedral is considerable.
There is a self-service cafe - the food is very good - but go early at lunchtime, it is very popular and the queue can be long.
I recommend a circular walk - along the riverside, across the bridge and up through the college buildings to the cathedral then across the green, past the castle and down through the shop-lined streets back to the riverside (different bridge). Or vice versa. This, together with an exploratory visit to the cathedral and a leisurely lunch there, could easily fill several hours.

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Reviewed 24 November 2011

A haven of peace & tranquility even though it was busy with tourists. The stained glass windows are beautiful.

Thank HollyB1
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