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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral


Durham Cathedral is thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England. The Norman Cathedral was founded in 1093 and replaced the earlier Anglo-Saxon church. It was completed by 1133 and has been a place of worship since its foundation through to the present day. Durham Cathedral also has the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede.

Open Treasure is a new exhibition experience at the heart of Durham Cathedral. It allows visitors access to the monastic buildings and explores the history of Durham Cathedral and Christianity in the North East. Admission charges apply to Open Treasure and tickets are available on the Cathedral's website or at the Visitor Desk in the main Cathedral.

Please check opening times of the Cathedral on their website or ring before travelling as some services and events can limit access to the Cathedral.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Suitability for the Disabled: Partial. Parking: Limited disabled, public parking nearby. No Dogs: Guide dogs only.

Opening details

Daily 7.30am-6pm (8pm Summer), with Services three times daily.
Open Treasure opening times 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday (last entry 4.00pm)
12.30pm-5.00pm Sunday (last entry 4.00pm)


Free entry

Free, donations very welcome. Groups contact
Tickets for Open Treasure Adult: £7.50, Child (5-18 years) £2.50, Child (under 5) Free.
Open Treasure Annual Pass Adult £15.00, Child £5.00


Catherine Hodgson

0191 3864266





Plan route to Durham Cathedral using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NZ 273420  Lat: 54.77243 Long: -1.57677

By Road:
Nearest major road is A1(M). From the A1(M) take the A690 to Durham city centre. 3 new Park and Ride facilities within the city.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Durham Station. From the station go into the city centre and follow the signs for the cathedral or take the Cathedral bus (every 20 mins until 1730 - please ring for times 0870 608 2608).


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Suitability for the Disabled: Partial. Parking: Limited disabled, public parking nearby. No Dogs: Guide dogs only.