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Reviewed 30 May 2019

We visited the cathedral as we were staying outside Durham. Free entry however they were asking for a £3 donation towards the upkeep however you were not pushed into donating.

Beautiful cathedral, there is some renovation working around a couple of entrances but doesn't detract from your visit, you can take a tour with an escort who can give you more information.

The stain glass windows were beautiful and one of them had been made by a local artist and is very modern. You would need about an hour to look around, we also visited the shop and the cafe, by the shop is a full size replica of the cathedral made with lego for visitors to see.

The cafe was busy as it was near lunchtime, the tea bread was especially nice and also like my mother in law made in the 60's

There is a section of the cathedral dedicated to the Durham Light Infantry Regiment which was moving and fitting given the loss of life during the two great wars.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

Amazing cathedral, also filming location for Marvel Avengers Endgame and Harry Potter!
Free entry - voluntary charity donation £3. Lots of tour guides. Lego cathedral great for kids too.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019

Always wanted to visit and finally found the time.
I was prepared to pay £8-£10 to enter as charged in lots of other cathedrals up and down the country, but they were very politely asking if you would consider paying just £3 as a donation, and you didn't have to if you didn't want to, but how could you object to £3.
There is lots to see particularly St Cuthberts shrine and there is a short service every once in a while around it should you feel the need to take part.
All in all a very worthwhile visit to a great building with lots of history.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

A fascinating visit to a place with a wealth of history. Many thanks to ‘Bearded Simeon’ for putting us right about Durham’s Sanctuary Ring (not knocker) - he was definitely one of the cathedral’s treasures!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

Had a 2 day stay at Durham and visited the Cathedral on our second day. It's being restored just now but you can still go in to certain areas, stunning inside and a choir were practising when we went in and the acoustics were amazing. Worth a visit as it's just a short walk up the hill.

Date of experience: May 2019
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