Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a place of welcome, worship and hospitality, inspiring all who come. Regularly voted as one of the UK's favourite landmarks by Trip Advisor Users, the Cathedral is cherished for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and incomparable setting at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Free admission with donations welcome.


The story of Durham Cathedral is being retold … in LEGO! 

The story of Durham Cathedral is being brought to life through a series of mini films, which are recreating the history of Durham Cathedral using the medium of LEGO.
From the life of St Cuthbert to Cathedral life today, five short films are being produced to share the Cathedral’s fascinating history in anticipation of the launch of Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience open from Saturday 23 July 2016. The films are being produced by North-East based video production company LintelFilm, in collaboration with Durham Cathedral. 
Inspired by the now world-famous Durham Cathedral LEGO Build, a fundraising project which has seen the magnificent Durham Cathedral recreated in 300,000 LEGO bricks over three years, the films will raise awareness of both Open Treasure and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.

Open Treasures:

Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience, opens on Saturday 23 July 2016. 

Visitors to Open Treasure will journey through the newly restored Monks’ Dormitory, followed by a purpose built gallery in a former medieval yard, arriving at the Great Kitchen, before completing their journey through the Covey to the Cloister. The Great Kitchen will be home to the Treasures of St Cuthbert, alongside other culturally significant items from the Cathedral collections, including paintings, carved stones, textiles, metalwork and manuscripts. These will tell the story of Christianity in the North of England, monastic life in Durham and the life of the Cathedral today.  Open Treasure will also enable a series of rolling exhibitions including loans from prestigious institutions from across the globe.

Visitors can register their interest for tickets in advance on the Cathedral’s website: 



The Collections Gallery, Open Treasures  20.02.17 TO 10.06.17

An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or elephant, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the existence of such fantastic creatures as griffins and unicorns, this display will capture the imagination! 

Tickets: £2.50 - £7.50 available from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral, the Open Treasure Welcome Desk, and in advance from


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