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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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  • The new exhibition of Treasures of St Cuthbert is truly fantastic shown in the beautiful backdrop of The Great Kitchen. I was accompanied by my grand daughter aged 10 who loved it too.She started the ...  more »
  • We had a great visit at Durham Cathedral. There was a small entrance fee to get upstairs where we were able to learn about the history of the cathedral and see some artifacts including the Magna Carta...  more »
  • There is Free Entry to Durham Cathedral and it is well staffed with people to help you with information about the history etc. Splendid inside, amazing stained glass windows and artifacts. Well worth ...  more »
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  • Impressive place but struggle to understand why non-flash photography isn't allowed which kind of spoils the day. The printed guide is excellent but it has only the 'big' pictures - the most architectural ones. Taking your own photos (which numerous people were doing anyway, contrary to the rules) allows a personal touch on the visit. It maybe a simple thing but everywhere else we visited we have lots of photos to remind us - just not so for the Cathedral. Shame really.
  • An extraordinary place. I've been many times but there is always something else to see. Today I saw a stained glass window near the entrance which I hadn't noticed before. The cathedral must be one of the most magnificent buildings in northern Europe. All this from an atheist!
  • Quite nice. Possibly not the most important cathedral, but well maintained with some interesting features. An active church too, not just a tourist trap. We spent more time than we expected - which is a good endorsement.
  • What a cloisterf#ck. August, top holiday time camera in hand. But... Main clock tower covered in white tarpaulin! Never mind go inside. 'Sorry this is a church, no cameras'. Why? 'Because the Dean says so'. Walked out. Never ever seen this at any Cathedral in the 55 countries I have visited.
  • The cathedral is magnificent, and there is no charge for entry which is in keeping with a place of worship. One of the few major monastic churches to survive the Dissolution intact. There are lots of stewards to help with queries. Traffic is appalling, use park and ride!

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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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