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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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  • Durham is heaven on earth.the cathedral is one of the finest anywhere with a rich history.DO NOT MISS A VISIT  more »
  • Marvellous cathedral which might take one to two hours to walk around and discover. Entrance is free, however if you wish a guided tour it might cost. What I'd recommend to get a guide booklet which i...  more »
  • I never fail to be amazed that the Cathedral is always changing and is yet always the same - I could spend hours just sitting there and soaking in the odour of sanctity that welcomes you whenever you ...  more »
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  • Great place. Fantastic building. Amazing setting. If only the church was run by people more caring about local British people instead of trying to save the world. When they become so weak? Bring back the good old days! :-)
  • 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. Edit: compare to York Minster, which charges £15 to look round!!!!! No contest, I'd come here every time.
  • I went to visit this wonderful cathedral this week as I love the history architecture and everything including taking photographs to remember my experiences at these wonderful places BUT I was highly disappointed by my visit to Durham Cathedral 1. Because we were not allowed to take any photographs what's so ever and 2. Because they were setting up for filming and a lot of places were covered up by green boards scaffolding and people walking around saying I hope you are not taking photographs just because I had my camera round my neck. This really ruined my visit to this cathedral and I was highly disappointed i think if you were to ask the public for a donation/nominal charge for a pass to allow us to take photos of the cathedral would be a good idea.
  • One of THE most stunning examples of Norman architecture in the world. Don't miss the incredible Lego Cathedral model near the gift shop. It is constructed of standard Lego bricks took around 300,000 bricks
  • Magnificent architecture with a serene ambience. Proudly asks only for voluntary donations. The true spirit of the North East. Fantastic gift shop, amazing undercroft restaurant. Walk in the cloisters from Hogwarts and McGonigles classroom.

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Where to stay in Durham

Whether you are on a short break or a long vacation, Durham offers accommodations to suit every taste and budget, including comfortable cottages, friendly B&Bs, and luxurious country retreats. For serious rest and relaxation, head to one of Durham's many spa hotels. The countryside surrounding the city is packed with romantic spa retreats, but if an urban break is what you're looking for, go no farther than the historical town center. Hotels in this area offer numerous leisure facilities and entertainment options, minutes away from Durham's iconic cathedral and castle.
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