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.



Durham Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasure, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. 

Open Treasure gives visitors access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral's magnificent Claustral buildings, showcasing the Cathedral's collections so that they can be discovered and enjoyed by many more people of all ages. 

Open Treasure is occasionally closed for exhibition changeovers, please check the dates of your visit here.

The journey begins in the magnificent fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory, with interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages, and continues through a new state-of-the-art Collections Gallery with a rolling programme of exhibitions.

The journey also includes the spectacular Great Kitchen, with its famous octagonal ceiling, now the permanent home of the Treasures of St Cuthbert, some of the most precious Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the world!

Finally, explore the new Pilgrimage and Community Galleries in the Covey before returning to the medieval Cloister. 

A complementary programme of learning and outreach is providing a range of exciting learning opportunities and events for school children, families and community groups.  



Durham Cathedral is one of the world’s architectural treasures; a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been a place of pilgrimage for 1,000 years and today welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year. The magnificent Romanesque Cathedral not only provides the unique setting for the many services, events and activities that take place daily within its walls, but it also inspires them. 
The financial and operational challenges of maintaining such a unique site are very significant and faced with a major conservation and repair programme, the Cathedral Chapter is making a strategic step-change in the way it manages the care of its historic buildings
Foundation 2020 aims to build an endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. To kick start the campaign, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £1 million to the fund which is available to match donations we raise on a 1:1 basis, so every £1 donated is doubled.
You can support Foundation 2020 in the following ways:

  • Become a 2020 Patron or 2020 Benefactor
  • Become a 2020 Club Member or Corporate Partner 
  • Match fund money we raise up to an agreed level 
  • Be an advocate for the campaign 
  • Fundraise for us 
  • Donate towards the campaign
  • Donate online at 

For more information about how you can be involved please contact

Matthew Kirk, Relationship & Development Manager on 0191 374 4055 or email


Opening Times


08:30 - 18:00


08:30 - 18:00


08:30 - 18.00


08:30 - 18:00


08:30 - 18:00


08:30 - 18:00


08:30 - 17:30



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