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Durham Cathedral, Durham

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • I live near Durham in County Durham and I have been hear a couple of times so therefore I like it a lot. The view from the top of the cathedral is amazing and some time last year I went to the Durham ...  read more »
  • The structure, the location and the view from the top are all second to none. Situated on a high promontory above a slow, meandering section of the Wear, this magnificent building commands respect and...  read more »
  • My first visit to Durham Cathedral was more than 40 years ago whist studying nearby. It's awesome power and majesty remained in my memory and I was equally moved when I was finally able to return this...  read more »
  • 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.
  • An incredible world heritage site, the cathedral is a sight to behold. A place for worship and tourism it is a romanesque beauty and a masterpiece of architecture. Services are frequent The staff are wonderful and helpful. For a small fee you may climb to the top of the tower for incredible 360° views of Durham and the surrounding areas. There is a restaurant and gift store in the undercroft and the cloisters were the setting for several Harry Potter scenes.
  • I respect the no photography rule. It is after all a holy place. Most of the bad reviews relate to 1) maintenance work and 2) no photography rule. Can I just say 1) without the maintenances, do you think the Cathedral would stand today? And 2) it's a holy place, please respect it. The cathedral itself has left me speechless.
  • 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.
  • Durham catheadrel is rlly nice i like to go in it but it gets boring if u stay in there for a long time vir not to be efensive i is a great place to go in!!
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