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 .
Durham Cathedral Reviews
This is a massive Norman-Romanesque cathedral and the final resting place of St. Cuthbert, who has a very interesting story for selecting his final resting place. The circular columns and stained glas... more »
We have been to alot of Cathedrals across Europe, but I found this one very impressive! It is quite old and interesting...its really a must see if one is in Durham. I can imagine that attending a serv... more »
Durham Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and spiritually uplifting places I have ever been. The Celtic Christians used to believe that there are places where the sky is thin, giving better access to God. If this is the case, then Durham Cathedral is most certainly one of the those places. It's as if the walls are soaked in centuries of prayer, and they welcome and embrace you as you enter. Take time to wander slowly and to appreciate the Galilee Chapel, the huge decorated Norman pillars, the tranquility of St Cuthbert's tomb, the stunning stained glass - especially the modern examples, and the cloisters. If you have time, do plan to include Evensong in your visit (5:15pm on weekdays) and let the exquisite music and liturgy wash over you. This is a living place of worship, and you will miss out if you don't get to experience a service. It is a sad reflection of our times that the Cathedral now requests a small donation from visitors. Sadly they are struggling to maintain this magnificent structure. However, it *is* a donation and is not compulsory, and frequent visitors are certainly not expected to donate each time. It is also genuinely a small request - I can't remember exactly how much, but it was in the region of £3. When compared to the compulsory entrance fees at York Minster (£9-£10) this is great value for money. The gift shop has lots of lovely but expensive ornamental items, but it is the book section that is most worth a look. The cafe produces excellent quality food, but that makes it popular so it can get very crowded and you may need to queue for a little while.
Incredible building, it just takes your breath away. The cathedral is steeped in History and has many stories to tell, many of which can be discovered whilst walking around the cathedral. Entry into the cathedral is free but there is an option to purchase an official guide book and also make a donation. Outside in the grounds, the cathedral has it's own dedicated bus stop which is perfect if you aren't able to walk from the town centre up to the Cathedral. The cathedral is a 5 min walk from the town centre. So glad I visited.
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