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Address: The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 191 386 4266
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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An Amazing 2 to 3 hours

This cathedral is amazing and very interesting. It's got loads to see inside. Beautiful cloisters. It has a very nice cafe. Also a lovely shop

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This cathedral is amazing and very interesting. It's got loads to see inside. Beautiful cloisters. It has a very nice cafe. Also a lovely shop

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Another Cathedral worth a visit with many interesting things to see. I was pleased to see the finished Lego model of the Cathedral as I had placed a brick in last year! We were very pleased that on of the staff (a Bedesman) opened the Book of Remembrance in the Durham Light Infantry Chapel so that our great nephew could... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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I have visited Durham Cathedral before but not a many years and it was lovely to return. The Cathedral is stunning and dominates the skyline in Durham. The inside of the cathedral is incredible - the Rose windows and stained class windows are beautiful. I was really interested to read about the different column designs this time as I was... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a foreigner, we hear more often about the Canterbury Cathedral. The Durham Cathedral seems equally famous in England. We visited the Durham Cathedral for half day. Though entrance is free, there are many local helpers inside the cathedral promoting guided tours. Seeing that the revenue goes to the maintenance of the church, we paid for the guided tour and... More 

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent about four hours in the Cathedral. It is beautiful and very well looked-after. Plenty of staff around ready and willing to answer all questions.

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the grandkids for a look round, thought it would pass an hour on. We spent 4 hours there, absolutely fantastic. There are chapels, rooms, crypts etc all well looked after. The stained glas is phenomenal.. There is a very helpful crew of volunteers to answer your questions. Well worth a visit

Thank Bri J
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A walk around during the day. The grounds leading up to the cathedral give you the opportunity to view the landscape. The cathedral itself is a magnificent building regardless whether you are of a religious belief or otherwise. The lego Model of the cathedral is a must see along with the infamous 'sanctuary knocker'

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good place to visit. It's interesting and has a lot of history, but seemed to be lacking in something compared to other cathedrals...and believe me we have visited a lot. At the time we visited there was a wedding on which restricted movement until it had finished, but you can visit the shop, cafe, other areas in this time.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Durham's magnificant Norman Cathedral is for me the most beautiful in England. It's position atop the the promentary beside the River Wear; the lawns sloping away to the old university buildings make for a wonderful setting. Inside the geometrc patterns chiselled by who knows who, almost a thousand years ago are very special. and what is more entrance is free,... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A place of peace and tranquility. Bolsters your spirit. Fantastic historical significance. Awesome architecture.


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