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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Tours to Durham Cathedral
$8 BOOK WITH VIATOR Durham’s Landmarks and Legends: A Self-Guided Audio Tour Durham’s Landmarks and Legends: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
$304 BOOK WITH VIATOR Durham - The Cathedral and Old City Durham - The Cathedral and Old City
Duration: 1 day
$21 BOOK WITH VIATOR Myths & Legends of Durham Walking Tour Myths & Legends of Durham Walking Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Durham Cathedral reviews
Definitely one of the best we have visited. Unusually intimate for a cathedral which really adds to the experience. Staff are very helpful and keen to discuss and answer any questions. The number...
Definitely one of the best we have visited. Unusually intimate for a cathedral which really adds to the experience. Staff are very helpful and keen to discuss and answer any questions. The number... more »
Whistle stop visit, to pray for the royal family and loss of the Queen. Staff on had and courteous and helpful. The cathedral itself is wonderful and spent time in st Cuthburt area. Recommended
Whistle stop visit, to pray for the royal family and loss of the Queen. Staff on had and courteous and helpful. The cathedral itself is wonderful and spent time in st Cuthburt area. Recommended more »
First trip to this cathedral amd it is truly fabulous. Well worth getting the short guide, sitting down in a pew and reading it. The stained glass is exceptional and I particularly enjoyed the...
First trip to this cathedral amd it is truly fabulous. Well worth getting the short guide, sitting down in a pew and reading it. The stained glass is exceptional and I particularly enjoyed the... more »
Your standard old cathedral building, full of history and things to look at. Very limited information signs to learn about the objects and I wasn't offered an audio guide like other cathedrals have The tower has a charge of £5 to climb, which isn't mentioned at the front gate so take into consideration when giving your voluntary donation.
Accommodation was clean, we only had scrambled egg on toast for breakfast but the guests who had a full English declared it excellent, the empty plates backed that up. Meals were traditional pub food, but was good quality. The owners were very pleasant and wanting you to enjoy your time in their home/ business.
Great Cathedral. Amazing location. Enjoyed the light exhibition. Fantastic cloisters and crypt. So much to see. Good cafe, flavoursome cakes and drinks. Good facilities. Very helpful staff. Definitely recommend a visit here.
What a place absolutely amazing and well worth the £5 donation. So much to read and explore. The windows are amazing. Did not feel right to be taking photos in a place of worship. Lighted some candles for loved ones no longer with us. Definitely a place to visit even if you are not religious as so much history and information.
This place has been beloved for centuries, not for it's style or looks but because it is "our cathedral". Evert cathedral can say that but each is different because the people who love it share history and relationship. So, if you come, don't just look. Sit a while, feel and be here in a listening stillness. Every cathedral will sing its own silent song if you give the time to listen. Durham particularly is not a place for hurry.
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