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Durham Cathedral, Durham

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Regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Durham Cathedral was founded in 1093 to replace an earlier church, which housed the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Today, the cathedral’s treasures include relics of Saint Cuthbert, the head of Saint Oswald of Northumbria, and the remains of the Venerable Bede. The cathedral’s library contains one of the most complete sets of early printed books in England. Stop by for a daily Church of England service, or climb the cathedral’s iconic central tower, rising to 66 m (217 ft) and offering sweeping views of the city and the surrounding area. See Durham Cathedral and all Durham has to offer by arranging your trip with our Durham vacation planner.
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  • What an absolutely fabulous cathedral. There were guides more than willing to assist. We had a wheelchair and they even went and got us a map to show the ramps for easy access. A bit daunting trying t...  more »
  • Although we were visiting Durham city, we hadn't thought to visit the Cathedral. We were impressed by the building, when we saw it from a distance, and chose to go and visit the Cathedral. We were ove...  more »
  • The place is a jewel - beautiful architecture, serene atmosphere. Full of history. A unique place to visit.  more »
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  • A fascinating and fantastic day out is to be had at Durham Cathedral and The Open Treasure Exhibition. There’s a great story being told about medieval history in the region (and beyond); monastic buildings, traditions and culture. Its 2000 years of UK history crammed into a stunning building. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beauty and history of this location. It’s free into the Cathedral but there is an entrance charge for the Exhibition, a little over priced in my view but countered by the fact that you can look around a World Heritage Site for nothing. Facilities are good, decent café, toilets and shop. You cannot visit Durham without seeing this wonder!
  • An amazing building with lots of events happening such as Holocaust memorials. Staff and atmosphere is so pleasant. It's very lovely to wonder into rooms and explore the cathedral. Recommend visiting at least once in you life!
  • Love it - beautiful place where you can go to enjoy the amazing old building, a bit of peace, the breathtaking organ. The staff are great and informative and I've always felt welcome there. If you can listen to a service or concert in here, the acoustics are spine-tingling.
  • What a place. The architecture is incredible and the sense of history envelopes you from start to finish. We particularly liked the centuries-old graffiti to be found on the wooden parts of some of the tombs - the earliest we found was dated 1647. The contrast of old with modern art installations was particularly interesting.
  • A stunning Norman cathedral set in a tiny mediaeval city. Everybody should visit Durham once, and the Cathedral is the greatest attraction, but don't forget to round off your visit with a riverside walk.