Welcome to Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. In a nationwide BBC poll held in 2001 it was voted the nation's best-loved building. Like Hadrian's Wall and the Angel of the North, it is an icon of north-east England, its image is instantly recognisable to people who love this part of Britain.
As an enduring monument to human skill and inventiveness, the Cathedral speaks powerfully of heritage and history. Its sheer size and splendour testify to the power of Norman overlords establishing their authority in the land they had conquered. Yet it was primarily built as a religious building: as the shrine of a humble saint, as a destination for pilgrims and as home for a community of worship, learning and practical care. It was built for the glory of God.
The Cathedral web site aims to tell you something about who we are and what we stand for. It offers a glimpse of the building, its history and its environment. It provides information about Cathedral services and events, its music and arts programme, facilities for visitors and pilgrims, educational resources and libraries, community life and outreach, together with an archive of recent sermons and addresses. I hope you find the site interesting and informative, and that you come and visit Durham Cathedral soon.
The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove,
Dean of Durham
Benedictine Study Week
Want to find out how the Benedictine tradition is relevant to everyday life today? Come to our Benedictine Week on 15th — 19th September to explore the Benedictine heritage of this Cathedral.
Summer 2013 Events Guide
Download our full Summer 2013 Events Guide to find out about the fabulous array of events taking place in Durham Cathedral over the forthcoming months!
The Cloister Card
Find out how to get 10% off most purchases in the Cathedral Shop and Undercroft Restaurant!
- Lego makers required
- Be a Chorister for the Day!
- Photography Evening: Friday 21st June
- Lindisfarne Gospels Durham
- Vacancy for a Part Time Secretary
- Lindisfarne Gospels Choir: The Winged Ox MP3
- Employment, work placements and volunteering
Details of regular services can be found on the Regular Services page.
Changes and additions to regular services can be found under Special Services & Events
For a single fortnightly listing of all services and events taking place within the Cathedral, you can download the current service schedule (PDF).
The next service schedule (PDF) for the forthcoming fortnight is now available to download.