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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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The most beautiful cathedral I've visited

I didn't know what to expect when I visited Durham Cathedral but it was simply beautiful. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wow, what a building!

This is a fantastic building. There is something to look at even in the highest points in the roof... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Built in 1093, the Cathedral is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK. These spectacular spaces house Open Treasure, a world-class visitor experience which reveals the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections through temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors of all ages. Entrance to Durham Cathedral is free, with donations invited. Charges apply to group tours, public tours and Open Treasure.
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The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't know what to expect when I visited Durham Cathedral but it was simply beautiful. The architecture is breathtaking, the stained glass is beautiful, the history is amazing, and there is just a peacefulness and calmness about the place that was a joy. I...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a fantastic building. There is something to look at even in the highest points in the roof. It is so beautiful and interesting. There was even a brass band practising whilst we were there. It is run by volunteers and there were many...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Durham Cathedral is a fine example of Norman architecture. Having seen many ornate gothic cathedrals, I was a bit reserved about visiting a Romanesque one. But I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Its proportions are perfect, and there is something calming about its...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The cathedral takes you back in time whilst still being a place of contemplation and worship. The information regarding St Cuthbert is well presented and interesting Well worth a visit.

Thank BobCam48
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the most beautiful cathedrals I ever visited, very impressive - BUT NOT ONLY for religious individuals. If you enjoy history and architecture, Durham Cathedral will not disappoint. We were delighted that a choir practised for a concert during our visit, giving the space...More

Thank nijh L
Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful building that is a must see if in Durham! Lots of history and things to see even if not religious. Staff are excellent and very knowledgeable. If you visit now, there has been a LEGO cathedral been built! And its FREE!!!!

Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The first sighting of this cathedral from the train-station was already breathtaking!! It was like a movie set! The entire set-up of the cathedral complex (with the Durham Castle) made it a pleasant visit to the city of Durham. It was just spectacular looking at...More

Thank beebahk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful cathedrals we have ever visited. Unlike a lot of cathedrals there is no charge other than for the exhibition. Brilliant vidit

Thank chrissie46-11
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Cathedral is impressive and had an exhibition based on its three copies of Magna Carta which was well worth visiting.

Thank William T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed a memorable visit, with an excellent 45 minute tour, including the highlight of St Cuthbert's shrine. Also viewed the exhibition in the monk's dormitory, which I found really interesting, learning (and smelling!) about the life of a monk in the monastery. Good books in...More

Thank Nicholas B
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26 July 2017|
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Response from brian1112222015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
28 October 2016|
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Response from Maggid62 | Reviewed this property |
The Cathedral opens early for worship (about 7.45) you can go in during this time. The building is open until 6pm. Open Treasure (the new exhibition) opens at 10 and has last entry at 4pm. Hope this helps.
25 August 2016|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding is just around the top of one tower so doesn't spoil the Cathedral too much really worth a visit