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Durham Cathedral, Durham

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. Plan your Durham Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Durham using our Durham attractions tool.
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  • Well worth the 260 mile midnight drive in my trusty land rover that does 275 miles to the gallon Kind Regards Dom  more »
  • I have lived near Durham for many years now but never tire of popping into the cathedral just to stand in the central aisle and soak up the mastery of the masons. The columns of stone supporting the.....  more »
  • My partner and I visited this beautiful building, but we were not allowed to enter certain areas unless we were part of the congregation because there was a church service in progress. We did however....  more »
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  • The cathedral is definitely the gem of our little city, makes you proud to live here. Such a beautiful building, so well looked after and maintained. Climbing to the top of the cathedral is definitely something you need to do, the views are just breathtaking♥️. The inside always reminds me of my childhood, me and my grandma always used to come here to have a look around and then sit in the lovely little cafe, best memories🥰.
  • This is an absolutely gorgeous Cathedral with an immense amount of historical significance to Northeastern England. One could spend all day here simply basking in the beautiful architecture and reading about all of the people that made this place important. Well worth the visit.
  • Fantastic place with an incredibly presented exhibition. Even an atheist like me has to be impressed. But there is so much more to Durham. A lovely city offering lots to do and see, all topped off with a really friendly population. Try a visit, you won't regret it.
  • A proper masterpiece of architecture. The cathedral is beautiful and well maintained on the outside but on the inside as well. It is also possible to buy a ticket to climb to the top of the tallest tower of the building (hundreds of stairs!) and enjoy the amazing view. Make sure not to miss it when visiting Durham.
  • I would like to feature artists engravers also photographers perspective of a visit to Durham for centuries artists like Turner Girton Carmichael Cotman all came and sketched painted this unique landscape that has hardly changed over the past 930 years. Then photographers must have taken millions of images of the various angles of Durham's landscape

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