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 .
Durham Cathedral Reviews
A wonderful place of spiritual and architectural value. Wonderful that entrance only costs a voluntary contribution. Certainly a visit not to be missed, steeped in history and grandeur. Organise tours... more »
We visited for Evensong, and spent several hours exploring the history and beauty of the cathedral before and after. Climbing the 325 steps up the tower is tough but worth it for the incredible views ... more »
Excellent! I'm not Christian, but I am fascinated by churches. Durham Cathedral is my favorite that I have visited. The architecture is absolutely stunning. Durham is a beautiful town to begin with, and the cathedral only adds to the town's beauty. There are amazing historical artwork, statues, and overall architectural beauty. They also have a wonderful WWII memorial outside of the cathedral entrance where you can create a memorial marker for fallen soldiers.
Loved the newish stained glass windows, divine. The Lego cathedral is incredible, has little model people inside. Shop very good. Cafe was very hot, tables too close together. Overall a good experience, preferred the cafe outside on the green though. The interior of the cathedral and what it contains is mind blowing!
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